Chrissie Hynde, front woman of The Pretenders, is receiving a LOT of backlash at the moment, because of some comments she made surrounding her thoughts on rape, which is being called 'victim shaming'.
Hynde revealed that she was an unfortunate victim of rape at the age of 21, saying:
"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility. You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear ‘I Heart Rape' and ‘On Your Knees' badges … those motorcycle gangs, that's what they do. You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this? You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naive. If you play with fire you get burnt. It's not any secret, is it?"
As disheartening as it is to hear her blame herself for such a horrific act, it's what she said about other victims that is really causing backlash:
"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. If you're wearing something that says ‘Come and f*** me', you'd better be good on your feet … I don't think I'm saying anything controversial am I?"
NOBODY should take Chrissie's words seriously, because what she is saying is absolutely terrible. Her views on rape culture may (unfortunately) be shared by some, but not this writer.
What do you guys think of her comments?