‘Not An Invitation To Rape’ – in Scotland good intentions gang aft agley

Posted by Irresponsibility

Drink... not an invitation

Drink... not an invitation

Scantily clad... not an invitation

Scantily clad... not an invitation

Another to file under close but no cigar: Rape Crisis Scotland has a new ad campaign out that most laudably intends to challenge our victim-blaming rape culture.

The pictures are eye-catching and on-message, the whole thing drips sincerity but why, for the love of peter paul and mary, did they have to call the campaign This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me?

Unfortunately, the logical corollary to “this is not an invitation to rape me” is that something else is. To give even a smidgen of oxygen to the misogynistic fantasy that women invite rape is grossly counterproductive.

Finding the perfect word is problematic. This is not an excuse to rape me or – better – this is not a justification for rape still has a negative implication. But at least those words put the onus on the perpetrator rather than the victim. Isn’t that what this is supposed to be about?

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