Author of Julia's Jihad
“It’s your fault!” — this is an accusation women around the world are used to having hurled at them when they are sexually harassed, raped or even when their husbands leave them for other women.
Today I came across it as the title of a three-and-a-half minute Indian video on YouTuve: Rape — It’s your fault.
Watching it initially made me frown, then smile, albeit reluctantly and with a great deal of chagrin. Two attractive Indian actresses in dulcet tones take turns talking about rape. One asks, “Do you think that rape is something that men do out of a desire for control? Empowered by years of patriarchy? You’ve clearly been misled by the notion that women are people too. Because let’s face it, ladies — rape, it’s your fault! It all begins with what you wear.”
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