If you are a college student who was raped, apparently Stacey Dash has very little sympathy.
The Outnumbered host pulled no punches when she gave her opinion on news stories tackling the hot issue of rape on America’s college campus. Dash commented that she approved of sororities warning “good girls” to stay away from frat parties and that it was a good idea for them to “stay home” and “stay safe.”
According to Jezebel, Stacey was corrected for referring to these young women as “girls.” The archaic observation Stacey Dash made about “good girls” was followed up by perhaps one of the most offensive comments about college rape victims in recent history.
“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.”
Stacey Dash is clearly blaming rape victims for being attacked, rather than blaming their attackers for deciding to rape them. She also takes the position that the only women who are sexually assaulted are somehow “bad,” who did something to deserve whatever happened to them.
Stacey’s Outnumbered co-host, Andrea Tantaros, took the rape blame a step farther, by tying rape culture to feminists being unable to decide whether or not women are strong enough to take care of themselves, claiming that there are “mixed messages” at work.
“I would just like someone to tell me the rules. Are women strong enough to take care of themselves, or are they not strong enough to take care of themselves? Because we’re getting so many mixed messages.”
Tantaros also expressed sympathy with “fraternity guys” who are accused of rape since she feels that they are “immediately considered guilty.”
“I mean girls are given rape whistles and boys aren’t allowed at frat parties – either women can handle liquor and make responsible choices or they can’t. And they’re a bunch of babies who need to be kept away from liquor and boys.”
Stacey Dash and her co-host have not too surprisingly come under fire for these controversial opinions. It’s believed that Outnumbered is a show that was created by Fox News to allow women to voice all the sort of problematic and openly sexist statements that would get men fired from your average news channel.
Media Matters considers Dash and the other women a way for the network to “drop the veil” and reveal outright its hatred for women.
— The Urban Daily (@TheUrbanDaily) January 30, 2015
Do you think Stacey Dash went too far by blaming women for being raped… or did she not go far enough?
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