Sunday, May 06, 2007

Rhetoric of Rape Prevention

I stumbled on an interesting blog called Give Me Ethos or Give Me Death! written by Katt, a PhD student in Rhetoric. Her thoughts on the rhetoric of rape prevention including the concept of self-policing as rape prevention -- and how that relates to the need to tell women who are raped, "it's not your fault" -- are well worth considering.

Since self-policing as rape prevention is usually framed by society as women's work and so many people show so much resistance to the idea that we put the same emphasis on telling men to self-police themselves to make sure they never cause anyone else to feel sexually violated, I'm thrilled someone is studying rape-prevention rhetoric.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:53 AM   2 comments links to this post


At May 06, 2007 9:36 PM, Blogger Threat Assessment & Response Canada said...

Rats. I tried to read that, but all I get is a black screen.

This whole "self-policing" stuff bugs me. Yes, we should all (male and female) engage in target hardening. It's prudent. But telling someone that will prevent rape is not only inaccurate, it's downright harmful!

Statistically, women are most at risk in their own homes or cars. So what's the advice there? Don't drive? Don't have a home?

The other thing that bugs me is this whole issue of trust. Don't trust, because if you do, then you'll be blamed when someone violates that trust. But if you take that advice, you're a frigid paranoid male basher.

Don't wear short skirts. Oh, but wait, some rapists like long skirts, some like pants... sheesh! What do we have to do, cease to exist?

Oh, and you've gotta love the ones who tell a woman not to get into a car with a man - and they tell her AFTER she's been raped. Well! Isn't that flippin' helpful!

ooops.... I'm ranting on YOUR blog again. :) (yikes)

I do threat assessment and management for a living. If I could give women just one piece of advice, it would be this: Trust your gut! We're trained not to trust ourselves, told we're wrong, stupid, paranoid, silly... you've heard it all before. That "training" is nonsense. Trust your gut and don't apologize.

Keep bloggin' it, Marcella!


At May 07, 2007 7:08 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Laurie, the issues you are concerned about related to self-policing as rape prevention look like they will be addressed in Katt's research.


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