GOP womens group leader: Male violence against women is really the fault of oversexualized girls
Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the right-leaning Independent Womens Forum, argued recently that the oversexualization of girls contributed to violence against women.
During a roundtable discussion on PBS To The Contrary about the legacy of Gloria Steinem, Schaeffer said that the feminist icons concern about violence against women had resonated with her.
I would add to that the oversexualization of women, she opined. We often talk about it as male violence against women, but its also sort of the way that we encourage young girls to be oversexualized in a way that I think should run counter to the third wave feminism.
In a 2012 article, Steinem explained the danger of blaming the victims of abuse.
But blaming females has a double impact: invading female bodies sexually and then de-valuing them as spoiled and ruinedall because female bodies are the means of reproduction that are owned by one male so he can own children, she wrote. Womens rights are human rights, and we must shift the blame from women who suffer sexualized violence to men who inflict it; from women who are raped to men who rape; from battered women to battering men; from sexually abused children to adults who sexually abuse.
Right now, the victim still may be punished more than the criminal, men may assault females to punish other men, and victimized females are often punished more than the males who victimized them.
Watch the video below via PBS.