Slut Shaming and Victim Blaming

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders recently created a lot of controversy with her statements regarding sexual assault, feminism, and sexuality. After describing a situation in which she was sexually assaulted by multiple men, she went on to say that she took full responsibility for it, saying: “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be? … 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.” Later on in the interview, when discussing feminism and her fellow pop stars, she said: “Women who sell what their product is by using sex – that’s prostitution. A...

Student Professor Relationships

One of my former high school teachers (I went to two high schools in two states, good luck guessing who) started publicly dating a student the day they had graduated and turned 18. There was much speculation that the relationship began much sooner. Most people hear this story and agree, it was at the very least an unethical choice, and depending on when the relationship truly began probably an immoral and illegal one as well. This is because there is a clear separation between teachers and students in high school. The teachers are adults, and the students are children. When you get into the murky world of college relationships things become more complicated. Most colleges have little to no regulations on student/faculty relationships. Should we prohibit or regulate relationships between two consenting adults? Most have had at least one professor who is rumored to give preferential grades to attractive students, and true or not, this is a harmful aspect of the college...