Comedian Sarah Silverman has shared a controversial rape prevention list on Twitter.
American comedian and actress Sarah Silverman has sent the world of social media into overdrive by posting a genius list of ‘tips’ to prevent rape.
Whereas most ‘rape prevention’ advice is targeted at women (talk about victim blaming), Silverman’s list is targeted at a different audience.
She posted the list to Twitter along with the caption: “These are great – send to all men in ur life.”
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 21, 2015
Silverman often tackles taboo topics in her comedy work, and has previously been both acclaimed and dismissed for her “rape jokes”.
In her Emmy-winning special, We Are Miracles, Silverman says: “Rape, obviously, is the most heinous crime imaginable. Rape jokes are great… because they make a comic seem so edgy and so dangerous. And the truth is, it’s like the safest area to talk about in comedy. Because who’s gonna complain about a rape joke? I mean, I would say rape victims, but they’re traditionally not complainers.”
The tongue-in-cheek list actually dates back to 2011, when it first appeared on a blog by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
10 rape prevention tips for men
1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks.
2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone.
3. If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her.
4. If you are in an elevator and a woman gets in, don’t rape her.
5. When you encounter a woman who is asleep, the safest course of action is not to rape her.
6. Never creep into a woman’s home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars, or rape her.
7. Remember, people go to the laundry room to do their laundry. Do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.
8. Use the buddy system! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.
9. Carry a rape whistle. If you find you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you.
10. Don’t forget: Honesty is the best policy. When you are asking a woman out on a date, don’t pretend you are interested in her as a person; tell her straight up that you expect to be raping her later. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the woman may take it as a sign you do not plan to rape her.
The list has attracted a harsh response from some Twitter users, who believe it demonises men. She’s gotten plenty of responses like these…
@dezzyboe yeah it's extremely offensive. It implies that it's common for men to think about ways to rape girls, when that's nonsense
— Zac Lee (@Zaclee_nyc) March 21, 2015
…but also a few like these.
— Radchaai Princess (@RemingtonWild) March 22, 2015
— Robert Inonanob (@RobertInonanob) March 21, 2015
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