There's a pamphlet circulating from a college in Sacramento CA about helping women to "avoid rape". The pamphlet makes it clear what women should and
should not do if they desire to avoid a rape.
Communicate your limits as clearly as possible. If someone starts to offend you, tell him early and firmly. Being polite is all right, as long as
you are firm and assertive. Say "no" when you mean "no" and be prepared to repeat it.
Be assertive. Often, men interpret passivity as permission. Be direct and firm with someone who is pressuring you.
Dress comfortably. Dressing provocatively is interpreted differently by different people. Make sure the image you project is the image you WANT to
Pay attention to your surroundings. Watch body and facial language of those around you. Do not put yourself in vulnerable situations. Look to your
sides and in back of you, not just in front of you.
I don't have a link to the pamphlet PDF, only a screenshot from the individual who picked it up, as well as a link to the Facebook page where this was
posted. The college is American River College in San Diego CA. I couldn't find a direct link to this pamphlet (though as a person who works in a
college, not being able to find information on a college website is not surprising).
"Women" Pamphlet with
Commentary on Facebook
Reiteration: this information was provided via Facebook, via an unapologetic feminist group, with their own commentary. I am not a subscriber to this
particular Facebook group. I received this information through an acquaintance.
The pamphlet is trying to disseminate specific information that a woman should follow to avoid being raped.
The assumption is that the signals, behaviors and dress code that are talked about in this pamphlet are triggers for the apparent inherent raping
behavior in men, and that a woman should accept the consequences of not following this advice against rape, and therefore be complicit in any rape
1) Are these signals, as discussed in this flyer, truly triggers for the rapist behavior in men? That is what the flyer states. Is that true?
2) If yes to the above, then how do we deal with the influx of societal pressures that encourage women to behave in this way. Television shows, movies
and ads clearly promote the feminine ideal as the "slutty sexpot" (with the virgin mary making a brief appearance for wives, daughters and mothers).
3) If the above is acknowledged, is there a companion position that will help to educate men about how to quell the inherent raping behavior in
themselves, should they encounter these signals, which are both biological and societal?
If anyone comes across a pamphlet/page/discussion that provides advice to men about avoiding rape could you please alert me so I can link it in this
thread for a counter-balance.
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