We, as a society, need to keep an eye on responsibility and blame.  Red wasn't assaulted because she didn't have/use a weapon, she was assaulted because her assailant decided it was okay to attack her.  Red wasn't responsible for her grandmother being eaten, the wolf was (this in particular is a powerful form of repression - the implication that a woman must keep herself in line or her loved ones will suffer).

The same is true for any hate crime.  The language may seem subtle, but it's an important distinction to make.  A wolf's misbehavior, a man's misbehavior, a society's misbehavior is their responsibility.

Red having a knife (shing!) for future outings may be helpful, but it's not a fundamental victory.  She shouldn't have to worry about her grandmother's security when she deviates from the norm, and whyTF are there wolves wandering around in the first place?

  • Tesla
    EXACTLY THIS. Last year I was given permission to teach self defense. And in thinking of what to begin with, I'm remembering some of the early classes I took. The question you hear a lot is "Why do women get attacked?" and the answers range from, "She was distracted," "She was alone," "She didn't lock her car doors," "She wasn't aware of her surroundings."

    NO. NO. AND NO.

    Women get attacked because someone chose to attack them.

    So yes to everything you said here!
    Mar 21, 2012
    by JulesKD
  • Yes-you-am-1547685
    thanks, jules. i'm so glad you'll be in a position to teach people about it!

    what especially bothers me is when this kind of thing shows up in the news. someone taunted because they're gay, someone discriminated against because they have a different color skin... that's not why it happens! things aren't going to change while we keep pointing away from the problem.
    Mar 21, 2012
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