Reader: Don't assume that all men walking alone at night are rapists, ladies
Yesterday's post about a couple of late-night attacks (one allegedly involving a Taser) included a recommendation from the Denver Police Department that women not walk alone during the wee hours. One reader saw this advice as questionable -- because of the implication it makes about men.
"...The DPD reminds women not to walk alone at night -- and that makes sense given these assaults..."
It makes sense only if you believe that women walking alone at night are asking for trouble. It makes sense if you believe that women walking alone at night are the problem.
Obviously, the source of the problem is men walking alone at night. Does DPD issue a "reminder" that all men walking alone at night are presumed to be rapists?
Guys, remember to warn all your buddies not to walk alone at night because that's what rapists do... so figure out a different way to get home from the bus stop or work or the bar. Be prisoners of fear, guys. This society believes that restrictions on your freedom to effing walk when you effing want to or need to are totally normal and to be expected.
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