The story about John Worboys is all over the news, so I won’t go into detail. Just let it be said that apart from the crimes and assaults themselves, the way they were handled is fucking disgusting.

I just want to highlight one sentence, which strikes me as particularly observant and the short summary of everything’s that wrong. Kate Harding writes:

In London, black cabs are meant to be that safe transportation, the back-up option after you’ve flunked the first test [of being sober] of your worthiness to remain unraped. [emphasis mine]

And that sums it up nicely.

Excuse me while I go cry about the state of the world.

4 thoughts on “

  1. “…worthiness to remain unraped”, huh?
    I’m so confused. I thought rape was a compliment?

    I’ve decided that I’ll never get up again. I will just stay on this sofa, with a blanket over my head, until that world goes away.

  2. Well, it is both. You know, you’re worthy of remaining unraped if you behave accordingly. But if it still happens, it’s just because you’re too beautiful for men to behave themselves. Come on, you should know that.

    Can I join you on the sofa?

  3. Well…but how *do* you behave accordingly?
    I mean, dress one way and you’re “asking for it”, dress another way and you “need to be taught to enjoy it”. Drink alcohol or do drugs and you’re “asking for it”, stay sober and you need to “be loosened up”.
    Walk home in the dark and you’re “tempting fate”, take a cab…

    Have a seat. Bring your own blanket :)

  4. But that’s the beauty of it all. It’s a Catch-22 And it all comes down to women’s bodies being not their property. So accept it already and get on with your life.

    I might need to bring two blankets. And my favourite stuffed animal.

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