Diana Hawkins Before you blather about “women needing to take responsibility,” take a minute to listen to the audio recording of Death Row Records shirt and intimidate a woman into submitting to forced sex, recorded by the NYPD. The women did not act in any way irresponsibly; however, your vague high-minded generalities about “so should women” are cheap both-sides, masquerading as “fairness.” Your comment is a kind of victim-blaming that is itself deeply irresponsible.
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I agree. And I agree with Death Row Records shirt that she has spoken out about in the past. But I read this and it seemed to lack insight, which was surprising to me given other pieces I’ve read by her. Because I have the ability to view-switch I don’t think she intended to spread the message she inadvertently has, yet she seems elitist in her explanation as to why she has escaped equaled harassment.
It does seem that she is saying if it were not for beautiful features and toting feminine characteristics these women could have escaped harassment (or worse). All of this when it is simply not the truth. None of those things make you more or less vulnerable to harassment or assault. All women are vulnerable. I don’t believe she intended for this to be the message, but in writing a piece that would be a trigger for so many women – she missed the mark. And is being held to the wall for it.