“Lock the front door when you leave the house.”
“Put a club on your steering wheel when you park.”
“Don’t dress like you have money.”
“Don’t carry a camera out in the open.”
“Don’t act like an American.”
For my own safety, I’ve been given all of the above advice at one time or another during my life. On none of these occasions did I say “Screw you! Don’t blame the victim! I’ll wear a Rolex if I damn well please!”
Because it would not have made any sense. The people giving me the advice weren’t excusing crime, nor were they blaming me for it. Instead, they were giving me advice that they thought might help keep me safe. On every one of these occasions, I thanked them.
Don’t expect upper-middle-class white girls to do the same, though.
If history has taught us anything, it is that privileged white women get offended, and get offended often. There is nothing too big or too small to offend them. Much like life itself, white girl offense always finds a way.
While 2/3rds of the world lives on less than $1/day, while genocide rages on in some parts of the world, while the gap between rich and poor grows wider in our own country, while unemployment hovers near the double digits, while health care costs continue their upward spiral, while commodity inflation continues unabated, and while 1.1 million homes get foreclosed upon this year … Daddy’s Little Angel has taken to the streets for a whole different cause.
You see, some time ago, a police officer in Toronto opined that women might have a better shot at avoiding rape if they dressed a little more conservatively.
Did he blame women for rape?
Did he say that women who dressed like sluts deserved to be raped?
Did he advocate the passage of a law forcing women to dress more conservatively?
Did he rape a woman to prove his point?
Did he say that it was okay to rape women?
He just stated his opinion on the matter. Much like wearing a Rolex in a bad neighborhood, he suggested that dressing provocatively on the streets might draw unwanted attention.
The reaction amongst privileged white folks?
See for yourself:
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At least they kept things in perspective.
If I have but one wish for you, the reader, it is that somehow, someday … practical advice that you don’t like will be your biggest problem.
For those of you not able to attend this rally, I wish you the best of luck on your job search or solving whatever actual problem you may be currently facing.
I mean that sincerely.