Thursday, January 31, 2008

Asking for it...

She was drunk; he was tagging. She was raped; he was murdered. The rapist was a league player; the murderer was a businessman. The league player was found not guilty; the murderer should 'get away with it'.

It's a common feminist rhetorical device 'in no other crime is the victim's behaviour considered relevant.'

Except sometimes it is.


  1. Gabrielle I've deleted your comment. I'm not going to host victim blaming or 'allegedly' comments.

  2. Anonymous9:32 am

    What "victim"?

  3. Anonymous11:52 am

    Thanks for the post Maia, it's good to hear a(nother) departure from the soundbite style of feminism. The quote you refer to is actually pretty egregious, in many if not most crimes with immediate victims there's a focus on what the victim did (especially crimes of violence).

  4. Anonymous1:15 pm

  5. It is the old 'innocent until proven guilty' problem. It means that the rape convictions tend towards 0%. The jury is always sitting there thinking "yeah he is probably guilty - maybe 90% - but 10% chance its set up... so not guilty"

    Still, it's hard to find people willing to throw out that principle. Or the other potential option of making large amounts of sexual activity illegal in order to prevent rape.

  6. Anonymous9:31 am