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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Women can’t be fragile petals and man-eaters


In response to Laura Perrins: Rape law turned on its head. Suspects will have to prove their innocence, Diotima wrote:

I also don’t mind a return to the Victorian era so far as social obligations are concerned, but you can’t do just half the job.

The same forces demanding that women be treated as fragile and precious jewels, sexually, are also railing against slut-shaming and celebrating strident displays of female sexuality. The situation for young men, in particular, is that they must respect and contend with sexually free and even aggressive young women, but still remember their duty to be perfect gentlemen. Young women are told they must develop and express their ‘girl power,’ but if anything goes wrong for them they can deny they ever had it, and make a complaint against men for not being custodians of their welfare. The hypocrisy the Victorians could manage is nothing compared to this doublethink.

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