I’ve got a lot of reading and writing to do for a long post coming up, that I will post both here and over at Feminism 101, on Rape Myth Acceptance and negative attitudes towards victims of sexual violence, in particular the view that women’s behaviour – specifically so-called “risky” behaviours – contribute towards sexual violence directed at them – that women are “asking for it” if they are drinking or scantily dressed in public, or that women “provoke” domestic violence. There have been objections made that these attitudes are not really common at all, and that saying that these attitudes are common is a slur against decent blokes who think no such thing (no, actually, if it’s not about you, then it’s not about you – what’s wrong with being a rarity?).
Finding the best way to structure the post is proving harder than I thought it would be, so the post is taking longer than I thought it would. In the meantime, the more references I have the better, so please contribute! Obviously, articles from refereed journals are great, but some more informal references would also be useful, so any articles or news stories about public attitudes, jury/judicial/law-enforcement attitudes, any op-eds that repeat rape myths uncritically and blame victims for their own attacks etc. It would be nice to have a long list of such refs as a sort of appendix.