Its sad that Mary Kassian is yet again spreading ‘I believe’ opinions as fact that can be disproven. I started to speak about this in my part article called, Adventures in Missing The Point.
On her site “Girls gone Wise” she has a reprint of the article about the slut walks that I wrote about in the past. She then responded to a comment left on her article.
Mary Kassian says:
April 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Daniella, I agree with a lot of what you are saying.
Yes. Rape is rape.
Yes. It’s wrong to blame victims.
Yes. Rape has nothing to do with the way a woman dresses.
Where we differ is this: I believe a culture that promotes sexual promiscuity will have a higher incidence of rape than one that promotes sexual continence. Encouraging women to embrace sluttiness is neither empowering, nor does it help to prevent the problem of rape.
Her last two sentences are falsehoods, and its clear she doesn’t wish to know the ‘true’ facts.
A Culture that Promotes Sexual Promiscuity will have a Higher Incidence of Rape – False
I guess that would seem like common sense to those that don’t wish to fact check first.
There have been numerous reports in the world about this ‘myth’, and sadly it doesn’t line up.
If you google worse places for women on the globe? The United States (or Canada since that is where she lives) isn’t topping the list. The worse places listed have a very high percentage of rape compared to the United States as well. Imagine that Mary?! No doubt they aren’t very nice to men either.
So Mary Kassian’s ‘I believe’ statement is at best irresponsible. Dressing up your beliefs as fact in this manner is showing her agenda far to much.
Her ‘I believe’ statement is ‘wrong’ because it does blame victims. She states that rape has nothing to do with dress, and yet in the next breath states that your dress does encourage it.
For an organization that speaks about ‘confusion’ far to much in a accusatory manner towards others? She seriously needs to take a good look at her own statements.
Targeted violence against females, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide (the destruction of a fetus in the uterus), genital mutilation and acid attack. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to mark the launch of TrustLaw Woman*, puts Afghanistan at the top of the list of the most dangerous places in the world for women. TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts from five contents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six categories of risk. The risks consisted of health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking.
The countries listed above are very patriarchal. Promiscuity isn’t rampant, and so Mary Kassian’s theory doesn’t seem to work there. There is nothing wrong with speaking of modesty, but preaching outright falsehood is completely different. People will not take your opinions seriously anymore. Mary is so jaded against feminism that she seems to apply things as she goes along. Sadly, she doesn’t seem to care if they are true or not.
Encouraging Women to Embrace Sluttiness is Empowering – False
You have to wonder if Mary Kassian even read any material on the slutwalk. Despite her claims the majority of participates in this protest were not dressed as she portrayed. If you look closely to the pictures in most places people can coats on. If the purpose was to encourage being slutty would they NOT wait until it was warm enough to do so?
As I have said before, I’m not thrilled with the name of the march. I understand WHERE they took the name from (Mary doesn’t seem to). I am able to look past that to grasp the purpose. It doesn’t bother me that much that I have to be completely blinded to it.
Its sadly a bald faced lie to say that the protest had a purpose to show women that dressing like a slut was empowering.
Frankly, it’s a regurgitating theme in most of her Mary Kassian’s material. If you check out enough of her books, articles, blogs material and sermons? Its something she states time and time again to any characteristic she sees as against her beliefs towards feminism.
No doubt there are some women that feels this is empowering, but the majority don’t seem to ‘live it out’ in the extreme manner that Mary describes on a regular basis.
Her response was not only contradictory towards facts that have been proven, but ‘confusing’ in content.
Does she live under a rock? Seriously. Is misrepresenting people a show a ‘true woman’?
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