Our culture's tendency to blame the victims of rape for their assaults is so painfully absurd that a comedian from New Zealand decided to share her take on the subject with a pointed analogy.
"I'm gunna start going home with random very drunk guys and stealing all of their shit. Everything they own. It won't be my fault though... they were drunk," Alice Brine wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
According to the Huffington Post, the rape trial of professional cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn inspired Brine to address the topic of sexual consent. In the trial, Kuggeleijn's attorney asked the victim, "Did you mean 'no, not now,' as if you did not mean it?"
"I thought of this analogy a while back and was just keeping it in the back of my head," Brine told BuzzFeed. "I decided that now was the time to use it. The word 'no' is not subjective. Consent is not difficult to understand."
In her viral Facebook post, Brine hypothesized what she would say if a "brave man" challenged her in court after she had stolen his belongings.
"You should have seen how he was dressed at the club, expensive shirts and shoes," she wrote. "What kind of message is he sending with that!? I thought he wanted me to come and steal all of his shit. He was asking for it. When he said 'no' to me taking everything he owned, I just didn't know if he meant it. 'No' isn't objective enough, it could mean anything."
Brine's Facebook post received over 150,000 likes as of Friday, and numerous people on social media praised her for shedding light on this important subject.
Victim blaming perpetuates rape culture. According to the website of Southern Connecticut State University, everyone can play an active role in ending victim blaming — including avoiding sexist language, supporting victims and holding abusers accountable.
A Plus reached out to Brine for a comment.