Remember when Joanna Lumley told women that they were inviting rape if they dressed badly? Specifically, she said:
“Don’t look like trash, don’t get drunk, don’t be sick down your front, don’t break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad. It’s not me being a snob about it. It’s not me being an old woman talking to young women, its just standard practice for how our species should behave. Don’t behave badly…They’ll rape you, or they’ll knock you on the head or they’ll rob you.”
I think that broken heels are not why rape happens.
‘No one has ever asked me what grades I made,’ she said.
Lumley praised Westonbirt’s new business school and Skills for Life programme, adding: ‘The business school will help you learn to be streetwise and savvy. That’s the best kind of clever.
‘Be beautiful, be brave, be kind, be clever, be happy.’
I am sure parents are delighted to hear that they are paying $45,000 a year for their daughters to learn to be beautiful and happy. Presumably Lumley also thinks that a life skill might be “dressing well” and “stopping your heels from breaking any way you can.”
Her main advice was to never let yourself be bored, which makes me believe that Lumley has watched this scene from An Education many, many times, but is not articulating the stance quite as clearly:
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