This is another of those posts that I’ll surely regret, but…
==> A few weeks ago the story broke of students who had invented a nail polish that changes colors when exposed to common “date rape” drugs. (The idea is that a woman can stir her drink with her finger and see if her nail changes color.) Feminist groups were critical of the idea, saying that it blames the victim and that instead of teaching women how to avoid getting raped, instead society should be teaching men that rape is unacceptable.
As you can imagine, the people in my social media circles absolutely flipped out about this feminist response.
==> Now this story is circulating, about a police officer who gave women the advice that if they want to avoid being raped by police officers at traffic stops, then one tip is to not break traffic laws and get pulled over in the first place.
As you can imagine, the people in my social media circles absolutely flipped out about this police response, saying it blamed the victims and that the real solution here is for cops to stop raping women at traffic stops.
==> I am really not being snarky here or even implicitly accusing anyone of hypocrisy. I understand, and agree with, BOTH reactions above (from my social media circles). But I’m not exactly sure why I think the situations are different.