I always find it humorous when people stumble on half of the truth, but then can’t seem to get the big picture.
Jill starts out pretty good. She starts out worrying about a few scantily dressed girls on the train and what might happen to them that night (accidental wardrobe malfunctions, twisting an ankle in their ridiculously high heels, getting drunk, becoming an easy target). Other than a few offhand comments about the imaginary pay gap - something you think a writer would have…I don’t know…researched - and how having more women in government would actually make feminists happy (ha), Jill sounds like a pretty logical woman.
But guess what guys, Jill didn’t write that. She’s quoting some other almost logical feminist and pointing out what a horribly stupid ~victim blamer~ she is for ever even thinking that drunkenness and slutty clothing might lead to rape.
So Jill gets logical for just a second, even though she mistakes rape prevention for victim blaming, and says:
“I have been drunk a lot of times. I have been in bed with other drunk women and also men a lot of times. You know why I didn’t get raped? Because I wasn’t in the same room as a rapist. Seriously, think this through: If you’re in bed with someone and they’re drunk, and maybe you’re drunk too, but they clearly can’t tell up from down or maybe they’re passed out, do you start fondling them or doing things that they don’t appear to be enjoying or have no reaction to? Of course you don’t. (Or maybe you do, in which case, stop it and get help). It’s really easy to talk about “gray rape” and “not-quite rape” in the abstract, and to kind of feel bad for the poor guys who didn’t realize you didn’t want to have sex when you were so drunk you couldn’t remember your own name. But I find it helpful to think about real life, and how this stuff actually plays out. There isn’t really that much gray area if you think of sex as something that both partners (or more, whatever!) do with each other and that all parties are fully consenting participants in, instead of something that one person does to someone else.”
This is actually a pretty perfect observation, and the reason Slut Walk is stupid. You can’t teach men not to rape, because most men don’t rape. You can’t teach rapists not to rape because rapists have mental issues and Jill realizes this and tells them to get help. Unfortunately, rapists don’t know they need help, and even if they did, they more than likely don’t care. They’re mentally unstable and they don’t care if it’s right or wrong.
Then she fades back out into ignorance with some mention of her idiotic political views. I say idiotic because they involve the government existing and treating people fairly, which is actually impossible and really means having the government take from one person who’s earned their money and then give it to someone who did absolutely nothing to deserve it. But that’s what the government likes to do, get involved in things they don’t belong in.
Then she makes some really laughable analogy on “Women shouldn’t drink or they wouldn’t get raped” being like “the poor shouldn’t be so poor or they wouldn’t be thrown to the lions!” No. I’m not joking. That’s really in there.
Then Jill goes on to say that rapists are going to rape no matter what kind of precautions we take, which is true, unless we actually got every woman in the world to be conscious of the decisions they’re making. And then she mentions how sexual assault crimes are still really common despite all of the precautions (~victim blaming~) we’re advising.
What Jill doesn’t understand is that dressing a certain way turns guys on, even rapists. And then those provocatively dressed women getting drunk makes it easy for those rapists to take advantage of them. No intelligent person says, “Don’t get drunk.” They say, “Don’t go drinking alone.” If you’re not alone, it doesn’t matter how shitfaced you are or how provocative you’re dressed, you’re more than likely not going to be taken advantage of.
Another thing Jill doesn’t understand is that the reasons those precautions aren’t making sexual assault less common is because not all women follow them. There’s always that girl in the wrong place at the wrong time because she’s too drunk (and alone) to pay attention. No, it isn’t her fault, but she isn’t very intelligent.
Lastly, sex offenses are only 2 to 3 per cent of all reported crime, so sexual assault isn’t “still really common!” like Jill likes to believe it is.