To start, an (female!) advice columnist suggests that young college women need to get their acts together and stop getting raped. Ok, ok. She actually tells them to stop getting drunk, because this too often leads to the former. But as other commentators have pointed out, this smacks too much of victim-blaming.
I mean, what about men? Why wasn't the original post directed at the actual perpetrators of drunken violence? Why must satire be drummed up to show just how ridiculous it is to blame women for being women?
I likened this story to the Trayvon Martin case. Would we chastise him (or now other young Black men) for wearing a hoodie?
As a black man, you really shouldn't wear hoodies. People feel threatened by it. Who knows what they'll do in their [racist] fear.
This truly is ridiculous. Just as black men can and should dress however they damn well please, without fear of being gunned down by the local neighborhood watch, women should be able to live their lives (yes, including getting drunk) without fear of harassment or rape.
These kinds of stories are so upsetting to me. While I don't harass, assault, abuse, or rape women myself, it becomes clearer to me with each case that it's not enough for me not to be sexist or misogynist. It's not even enough for me to be (or say that I'm) feminist (though this may be a step in the right direction).
As a person of privilege (cis male), it's imperative that I'm on the frontlines of the cultural battles against oppression of all kinds - including sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy. And while I can't accept responsibility for the actions of all men, I can continue to challenge sexist attitudes, speech, and behavior whenever I encounter them. Lest we continue to live in a world where "there is no greater threat to women than men."