I knew it would take something like this for me to resume posting…. I actually saw this circulating around the blogosphere and thought to myself, it’s kind of just a tech-geeky chain letter, or one of those annoying forwards your natural-light-starved cubicle-imprisoned friends send to you…. but here goes…
To play the game:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
Here we go:
But Shalit’s most egregious move is to set up a startling new blame-the-victim paradigm: Not only does a woman deserve individual blame if she’s attacked, but, by extension, all women are to blame due to a general lack of modesty that leads to wanton male behavior. Even if her dubious claim that modesty protects against sexual violence were true, she ignores how modesty’s complement, shame, has historically served to imprison sexual-assault victims in a mire of guilt and social condemnation. Furthermore, Shalit leaves no room for personal choice: A critical mass of women, she implies, must join the modesty club if men are to be browbeaten into civilized behavior (otherwise, modesty will simply be mocked by men who can still get free sex from loose women).
From the essay “I can’t Believe It’s Not Feminism! On the Feminists Who Aren’t.” Published in Bitchfest.
Confession: This was the second book I picked up. The first book had only one sentence on page 123, and I was left in a conundrum….. scanning the bookshelf quickly, I saw Bitchfest, my favorite Feminist Reader, and thought, well hell, I’m sure when other bloggers were memed they thought really hard and carefully before picking up the “first book” lying around……
However, I find it easy to believe that David really did have an Anarchist Reader at his fingertips, (he seems to have an endless supply of indie Anarchist mags and Soy Potato Chips on his person at all times…..)
And so I tag my five victims: Actually, I’m only tagging two, as I can’t really find other friend bloggers who haven’t already been memed.