Ex-Pretender and '80s icon Chrissie Hynde says that women ought to take some responsibiity for not putting themselves into a position where they can get raped–and the enraged feminists accusing her of "victim-blaming" are tripping over the crocodile tear-shedding feminists claiming to pity her for "misunderstanding her own rape."
Hynde told the Sunday Times magazine that she completely blamed herself for the time she was raped at 21 by a motorcycle gang member in Ohio; she also said women should take responsibility when they get assaulted.
"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," Hynde said. "You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear 'I Heart Rape' and 'On Your Knees' badges … Those motorcycle gangs, that's what they do."
Hynde added that women need to stop blaming others for their assaults.
"You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this? You have to take responsibility," Hynde said. "If you play with fire, you get burnt. It's not any secret, is it?"
Perhaps even more controversial are Hynde's words in her new autobiography, "Reckless." She said women who dress provocatively are to blame for their sexual assaults and that they shouldn't wear high heels if they're wary of rape.
"If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk? Who else's fault can it be?" Hynde wrote. "If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault. But if I'm being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged — don't do that. Come on! That's just common sense. You know, if you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him."
Oh my! The tweets ranged from:
"Lost ALL respect for Chrissie Hynde!! NO WOMAN asks to be raped, nor deserves to be, no woman asks for it!"
"Like saying you deserve to be mugged for carrying money."
"Chrissie Hynde's comments just make me feel incredibly sad for the young woman she was, who even she can't hear."
"Many people seem furious with Chrissie Hynde, and I get why, but I feel pity for her."
I say: Good for Hynde!
It's about time someone pointed out that women ought to use a little horse sense when they're out and about, especially at night. Sure, it's the mugger who commits the crime, not you–but it's just plain stupid to attract a mugger's attention by drunkenly waving a bunch of bills around when you leave the bar at closing time. Similarly, rape is horrible, and you don't deserve it–so isn't it a good idea not to attract the attention of a potential rapist? Such as not consuming so much alcohol at the party that you don't know what's going on? And if you're wearing an attention-grabbing skimpy cocktail dress, you're going to attract attention–so watch it to make sure it's not coming from the wrong people, such as guys in motorcycle gangs who might be high on something or other.
But advising young women to take some simple precautions in order to take care of themselves is a feminist no-no these days, so Chrissie Hynde is being pilloried. Fortunately she's one tough lady. Chrissie, I'll stand by you.