Ugh, Chrissie Hynde. Ugh.
Just a short time after The Pretenders singer said women should take responsibility for their own rape if they are inviting sexual attention (ugh), Hynde has extended blame to today's pop stars, because ... we don't know, they don't wear bonnets?
According to the Daily Mail, the singer said contemporary stars are "responsible for a great deal of damage" in an interview on BBC’s Woman’s Hour.
I don’t think sexual assault is a gender issue as such, I think it’s very much ... it’s all around us now. It’s provoked by this pornography culture, it’s provoked by pop stars who call themselves feminists. Maybe they’re feminists on behalf of prostitutes -- but they are no feminists on behalf of music, if they are selling their music by bumping and grinding and wearing their underwear in videos. That’s a kind of feminism -- but, you know, you’re a sex worker, is what you are.
Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. No. Ugh. ugh.
After Hynde's comments last week, many organizations that provide resources to rape victims spoke out against her.
“Victims of sexual violence should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered -- regardless of circumstances or factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable," said Victim Support director Lucy Hastings, according to The Guardian. “They should not blame themselves or be blamed for failing to prevent an attack -- often they will have been targeted by predatory offenders who are responsible for their actions."
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