*Editors note: I essentially just went through the original article and substituted “stop getting wasted” with “stop being born.” The result was mildly horrifying (as you will see, which was kind of the whole point).
Slate magazine recently ran an article titled, “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk.” The facebook tag line on this illuminating piece is, “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting So Wasted.” However, this advice is false and misleading. In reality, the best way to prevent rape is to tell women that they should avoid being born.
Being born is closely associated with being raped. In fact, studies indicate that 100% of sexual assault victims were born at some point during their life. The danger of being born female is made palpable by the harrowing rape trials that are broadcast across the country. In case after case, and because of the careful scrutiny by the defense attorney, we watch as each woman is forced to admit that, yes, prior to her rape, she was born. Yet, we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing this.