In Which Stacey Dash From Clueless Goes On National TV And Blames Rape Victims For Getting Themselves Raped
Let me just preface this story by saying that of course the television appearance in question took place on Fox News. No shocker there, right? Right. But can we all just take a minute and recognize how far they had to dig into the Famous People depths to get Stacey Dash on-air to give her commentary on rape victims? I mean I know she’s resurfaced from underneath the pile of Clueless top hats and thigh-highs here and there through the years to chirp about her support of Mitt Romney, blah blah blah. That’s fine. Whatever. But why is this woman–who is arguably only really known for a movie role over two decades old–offering her opinions on rape on national television? And by ‘offering her opinions’, I mean ‘contributing to rape culture.’
Two events from this week that prompted
Dionne Stacey to offer her thoughts: following the Vanderbilt and Stanford rape incidents, national sorority chapters have asked sorority sisters at the University of Virginia to avoid fraternity houses this weekend. Also Dartmouth College has made the decision to ban hard alcohol on campus. Stacey thought this was good for “good girls” who wanted to protect themselves and “stay home.” Cue onslaught of stupid remarks:
“The other bad girls–bad women–are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know…But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
Um… a sphincter says WHAT. Here is what can be garnered from that warbled mess of victim-blaming: sorority sisters who choose to go out to a frat house anyway are ‘bad women’ (read: sluts who are asking for it). Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, you get yourself drunk. Sexual assault doesn’t happen to you, you go out and get yourself sexually assaulted! Right? I understood that correctly? Crystal clear? GIMME A BREAK, LADY.
I don’t know about you, but I am so beyond fed up with the victim blaming of rape culture. Aren’t we more progressive than this? Do you mean to tell me that in 2015, we’re still implying that the amount of alcohol involved in a sexual assault is the real issue? Or if a college girl attends a frat party, she’s ‘asking for it’? How do we move past this perception?
Well, not giving nobodies like Stacey Dash and Princeton Mom a national platform is one step in the right direction. AS IF.