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“How to Be Smart and Avoid Date Rape” Is Dumb

I'm sure that this eHow article on how to avoid date rape means well, but some of the tips—like "If you get in his car, you will not be able to get out!!!!"—are, perhaps, extreme. And the title could use a bit of work:

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Shit, now I'm expected to increase my own intelligence while I'm avoiding getting raped? What exactly does being a "smart" rape avoider entail anyway? Flashcards?

I'm thinking I better start off with "How to be dumb and avoid date rape" before I move on to this multitasking shit. After all, preventing yourself from becoming a full-fledged dumb rape victim requires some pretty advanced instruction:

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Comments

  1. #1

    Oh my. If being "smart" doesn't involve a mastery of the English language, consistent advice or lines of thought, or much in the way of common sense, this girl (I'm assuming) has got it down pat. Grammatical errors (parts are almost unintelligible), terrible leaps in logic (if you asked a room full of women who had been date raped, MOST would say they had...), inconsistent statements (don't give out your phone number until you meet his friends and family (aside:srsly???)...later...give him your phone number after the first date if everything seems kosher). Apparently she was date raped in a car, because she's all about not getting in the car. In fact, that's the only decipherable statement in the final step. Guess we're lucky to have the Metro here in DC, huh? ;)

    The drink thing is sage advice...I suppose that's one thing to take away from this.

  2. #2

    So, the website is blocked at work (tragic) but I'm gonna go ahead and assume this "how-to" is completely proposterous...

    ...Because the title alone assumes that if you get date-raped, its your own stupid fault.

  3. #3

    Jules, it's a little better than most advice...no mention of not going out, some hints that you shouldn't dress provocatively but no definitive statement to that effect. There is a bit about not going back to his/your place after meeting or the first date (one or the other, maybe both, I'm not really sure, the writing is too poor to tell). There's also a 2-drink limit, which is about the only "typical dumb woman who gets raped" statement. The only real advice in there is don't get in a car with him until you know him well, don't give him your address and/or phone number until you have met his friends and/or family, and make sure to keep your drink at hand (that's actually the only sage advice, which is what I was referring to).

    More dumb than insulting, overall, which is ironic, rather than condescending, given the title.

  4. #4

    Haha, a dumb article about how to be smart...

    Ironic indeed. Can't wait to check it out myself.

  5. #5

    I meant to say that it's better than most articles on the "blame the victim" front. Not that the advice is good. Clear? Good. :)

  6. #6

    I guess eHow agreed the article was atrocious, because it's since been deleted. But for all you dumb women out there who need to get there hands on this "smart" guide to date rape, have no fear! It's been rewritten and republished by the same dink author under a new title:

    How to Watch Out for Date Rape
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5424742_watch-out-date-rape.html

    Watch out indeed, because date rape may be lurking around every corner, and you don't want it to sneak up on you and steal your wallet or something!

  7. #7

    Wow, the second one may be worse than the first.

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