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Wednesday Lazy Linking

Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 14 years ago, in 2009, on the World Wide Web.

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  1. John

    Rad Geek,

    Your last two posts have linked to blog posts about the horrors of the rape culture in our modern world, in which too much focus is put on women avoiding and preventing rape and not enough on teaching males that it’s not okay to rape women or to do anything else to them against their will.

    To what extent do you think the avoiding-rape-advice givers simply think some males are beyond teaching, conditioning, or dissuading? To rape another person is a pretty horrific act, nearly inhuman, one would think. Maybe they say that since common decency, a sense of humanity, family values, school lessons, and everything else has failed to quell the barbarism in those men, and women have to live their lives in the presence of that small percentage of the population who are that uncivilized, they need to take precautions and defend themselves as much as is practical?

    In other words, I’m not defending that Amy Dickinson lady or any others who (I hear) blamed rape victims, refused to apologize or take it back or explain that they hadn’t actually blamed any rape victims, and then proceeded to continue blaming rape victims. It just seems like lashing out at people who give rape-prevention advice to the potential victims of rape isn’t bad per se. Libertarians give advice all the time to victims of the State about avoiding dealing with the police or other State agents, reducing the proportion of their money the State steals, etc., and no one ever accused us of victim-blaming.

    What do you think? Where, and how, do you draw the line between helping and blaming the victims?

  2. John

    *I meant “It just seems like giving rape-prevention advice to the potential victims of rape isn’t bad per se.”

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