Chrissie Hynde is under fire after speaking about rape (photo: Charlie Llewellin/CC)

After saying in an interview with the Sunday Times  that it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped, Chrissie Hynde is being tremendously criticised by feminists, activists and media people. Why? Because we now live in a world where people aren’t allowed to think or to speak freely.

The Pretenders singer, 63, revealed that she was raped when she was 21 and commented:

“If you play with fire you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it? […] If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged – don’t do that. Come on! That’s just common sense.

You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and fuck me’, you’d better be good on your feet … I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”

In fact, she was being controversial. Subjects like rape, race, sexual orientation or gender identity are being captured by a horde of assimilated conservatives that present themselves as the progressive thinkers they will never be. If you think differently, do not express your thoughts, please or you may end subjected to public humiliation, they tell us.

Some negative Twitter reaction:


Some supportive Twitter reaction:

Reacting to Chrissie Hynde’s remarks, activist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett wrote an article for The Guardian saying that “rape is, to an extent, normalised and still hugely under-reported”, therefore “survivors are frequently blamed for their own assaults, and their behaviour subject to immense scrutiny”.

Rhiannon Lucy CosslettIn states also: “It’s no longer fashionable to view women as a class of people that suffers from male oppression, but that is what we are.”

I’m not supporting Chrissie Hynde’s opinion nor disproving it. I’m saying something I said previously: whoever really defends human rights shall recognize freedom of thought and freedom of expression to others.

Let me finish quoting a recent article Camille Paglia wrote on rape:

Extreme sex crimes like rape-murder emanate from a primitive level that even practical psychology no longer has a language for. [T]oday’s therapy has morphed into happy talk, attitude adjustments, and pharmaceutical shortcuts.
[…] It is well-established that the visual faculties play a bigger role in male sexuality, which accounts for the greater male interest in pornography. The sexual stalker, who is often an alienated loser consumed with his own failures, is motivated by an atavistic hunting reflex. He is called a predator precisely because he turns his victims into prey.
[…] Academic clichés about the “commodification” of women under capitalism make little sense here: It is women’s superior biological status as magical life-creator that is profaned and annihilated by the barbarism of sex crime.
[…] They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. They do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.

Bruno Horta