Amid the Harvey Weinstein sexually abuse scandal that has rocked Hollywood to its soul — assuming it has a soul — the party of feminists and women’s rights advocates continues to place some of the blame for sexual assaults on the victims.
Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson said in a recent interview with NBC DFW that women had equal responsibility to prevent being attacked.
…by pointing to what they wear and how they act.
“I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s — how you were dressed, what your behavior was,” the Texas lawmaker said.
Feminists often referred to this as “slut shaming.”
“I’m from the old school that you can have behaviors that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such,” Johnson said. That’s the responsibility, I think, of the female.”
“I think that males have a responsibility to be professional themselves,” she added.
Johnson said her message is meant to empower women to prevent harassment and assault, NBC DFW reported.
“I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation,” she said.
Slut shaming, also known as victim blaming, is denigrating women for loose sexual mores, to include criticizing a woman’s appearance for being overtly sexual. This being a means to blame women for being sexually assaulted.
And feminists frequently jump to call such behavior out.
Fashion designer Donna Karan has tried to walk back her earlier defense of Weinstein when she said his victims may have been “asking for it” by the way they dress and present themselves.
“Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?” she said.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 11, 2017
And actress Mayim Bialik, a self-proclaimed “proud feminist” who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” came under fire for a recent New York Times op-ed that blamed victims and their “impossible standard of beauty.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 16, 2017
Social media users did not take too kindly to the Texas Democrat’s remarks… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
A woman can wear whatever the hell she wants to wear, and that does not give anyone, EVER, the right to assault/rape her.
— KarenJS (@capilady51) October 19, 2017
A wordier version of “she was asking for it.”
— BB-69 (@BB_69partydroid) October 19, 2017
Excusing men for animalistic behavior?
— CarlyJA22 (@CarlyJA22) October 19, 2017
When I was raped I was wearing baggy blue jeans, a long sleeved flannel shirt & a baseball cap & you wonder why women don’t speak up sooner.
— Joyous (@Lunabibi) October 19, 2017
Wouldn’t want her on a jury for a rape case.
— Terri Postlethwait (@tpostle311) October 19, 2017
Victim shaming. Still.
— Sand (@Lousandfair) October 19, 2017
That’s right Eddie! Burkas should be mandatory. ?
— Michele (@jstmichele) October 19, 2017
— Ryan Balick (@rbalick) October 19, 2017
Victim shaming is victim shaming, no matter who says it. It is not the responsibility of the female to control male behavior.
— Kurt Velvet (@KurtVelvet) October 19, 2017
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