So the other day a friend of mine posted a blog mentioning something about women taking some responsibility for rape, especially when they don't take any precautions to protect themselves. After giving him a long lecture about why womeon should never be blamed for being raped, regardless of what they were wearing or how flirtatious they were being, I realized that he did indeed have a point. He just wasn't doing a very good job of stating it.
In today's world, women face a lot more dangers physically than men do. We're a lot more likely to get mugged, raped, robbed and abused than our male counterparts. Yet, very few women take it upon themselves to protect themselves. I can't begin to say how many women I've seen go to the gym for the sole goal of losing weight, without any regard for building up some strength. How many women ever seriously undertake a martial arts class, learn to shoot a gun, or pursue some other non-dainty self defense mechanism? As nice as the whole chivalry thing can be, I for one get rather tired of seeking out a male escort to walk me to my car late at night, or avoiding running by myself at certain times and in certain areas. Are taking those extra precautions worth it? And if so, are those who don't take those (or any) precautions at all responsible for anything happening to them?
I guess what I'm getting at is this: when will women start to take responsibility for protecting ourselves instead of waiting around for a man to do so? And to what extent (if any) should we have to?