I do not believe that teaching a woman to protect herself (by learning self-defense techniques or learning how to operate a firearm) perpetuates “rape culture.” Though it’s true that we must always avoid victim-blaming, we can simultaneously teach men to respect boundaries (which occurs best in the home, btw; sorry, but no PSA will make a lick of difference) and teach women to ward off an attacker. Saying we can only do one or the other is a false dichotomy.
It’s not about blame; it’s about prevention. And I’m certainly no expert, but I’m glad that I know some basic self-defense skills (thanks, Paul!). If, God forbid, I were ever assaulted, it’s way past time to lecture the loser, wouldn’t you say?
Start at 2:30 to listen how Steven Crowder’s fiance really could have used a gun to protect herself from a would-be rapist (thankfully, she was able to escape)