How many times have you heard the excuses? She shouldn’t have had so much to drink. Her skirt shouldn’t have been so short. She shouldn’t have been at that place, at that time, with those people.
The same urge to blame the victim is in full, outrage-inducing force with the recent high profile cases of police violence. Michael Brown was a thug. Eric Garner was obese. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was a threat.
Actually, there’s very little reason for anyone, myself included, to read a column by George Will, but people keep printing them. Will is coming under fire this week for a preposterous column in which he claims that being a victim of sexual assault has become a “coveted status” that “confers privileges.” Because this is the new hip trend everyone wants to be a part of , “victims proliferate.” At no point does he list what these privileges are and why women would be so eager to claim this status. Continue reading “I read George Will’s column so you don’t have to”