Misinformed Facebooker:I don't believe that. I think some guys are opportunistic. Right place, right time, they think why not? Is it rape? Yes. But the opportunity was part of the decision. By not acknowledging that, I think we do women a disservice.
SlutWalk Charleston:Opportunity is everywhere. Every day I go into work, any gentleman who is twice my weight has the opportunity to push me into a bathroom, lock the door, and rape me. Is it my fault for going to work? No. Is it his fault for making the decision to rape me? Yes. The idea that the woman provides the "opportunity" is just another way of blaming the victim. If we were to follow that train of thought further, then no woman should ever go to a bar, and we should all be wearing burkas because rapists can't help themselves - we did, after all, provide them with the opportunity. Do you see where that leads?
“I may sound old-fashioned, but I want to think all women should be treated like I want my wife, daughters, and granddaughters to be treated. I notice today that good manners—like standing up when a woman enters the room, helping a woman with her coat, letting her enter an elevator first, taking her arm to cross the street—are sometimes considered unnecessary or a throwback. These are habits I could never break, nor would I want to. I realize today a lot more women are taking care of themselves than in the past, but no woman is offended by politeness.”—Frank Sinatra (via newsetofbones)