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Check Out This Perfect Parody Of Sexual Assault “Prevention” Tips

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In the first Gender Studies class I took in college, our professor divided the chalkboard into two separate sections– one for the men and one for the women– and asked each person in the class to go up and write down one tip they’d learned for avoiding being raped. The ladies’ section quickly filled up with the old classics: don’t wear high heels, but if you are wearing high heels, use them as a weapon. Hold your keys between your fingers so you can use them as a weapon too, and so you won’t fumble through your purse. Check in the backseat, trunk, passenger seat, and under the car. Carry MACE. Cup your hand over your drink.

And as for the guys’ board? “Don’t walk alone at night.” That was all they wrote.

We’ve written plenty in the past about how exhausting it is, as women, to be told that it’s our responsibility to be constantly vigilant and constantly on edge just in case we encounter a vicious attacker. It’s equally exhausting how, every time there’s a big profile rape trial in the news, we’re guaranteed to hear about what the girl could have done to prevent it all from happening. It’s draining and it’s misguided and it’s bullshit.

Thankfully, the internet is home to thousands of social justice activists who are devoted to making the world suck a little bit less. This new video, “How to Not Get Raped,” illustrates exactly how it feels to be taught that it’s your sole responsibility to prevent attacks against you. If you don’t have the chance to watch right now, here are the highlights:

  • Ponytails and long hair are easy to grab, so choose your hairstyle wisely.
  • Choose your venue wisely. No one will hear you scream for help in a loud club. Also, beware of bathrooms. Many attacks occur there.
  • If you encounter a rapist in your car, drive into a lamppost or a dumpster. Or, if you’re in the passenger seat, don’t be afraid to jump out of a moving car.
  • Tell your attacker that you have a disease, or are menstruating. Vomiting and urinating may also deter an attacker.
  • Make eye contact with a potential attacker. DON’T MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH A POTENTIAL ATTACKER.

That last one has always been my personal favorite. Ugh.

Thanks to Cat Del Buono for creating this video and for fighting the good fight against victim-blaming bullshit. Maybe in a few years this will all seem archaic? Maybe?

Via Jezebel

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