Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Victim Blaming As Bold Original Advice

Despite it's reputation as being contrarian, the truth about Slate is that it tends to repackage perfectly normal banal conventional wisdom (true or not) as being contrarian. Emily Yoffe (no link for clickbait) has a piece informing us that we really need to start telling young women not to drink too much because if they do they might get raped. This is a bold new idea that has never occurred to anyone before, and young college bound women never ever have anyone tell them this or any of the other 700 "how not to get raped" instructions. Except they're told all of these things constantly.

The victim blaming is bad, repackaging it as bold truth telling is even worse.