It’s your fault, Serena

At least that’s what critics are essentially saying. Serena Williams put up a supposedly risqué photo of herself on her Twitter account. She took it down a little bit later, though, because people like to blame the victim:

“Someone must have gotten to her and suggested something about common sense and hypocrisy,” wrote Greg Couch of The Sporting News.

He’s referring to the recent arrest of a Florida man accused of stalking the tennis star. The 40-year-old man was arrested last week on the grounds of Williams’ Palm Beach estate. One month earlier, Williams took out an injunction against the man, who used her Twitter updates to stalk her in various locations, including in the dressing room of a television studio. Couch doesn’t say so directly, but he’s basically suggesting that Serena putting up a voyeuristic photo of herself in a bra and panties emboldens stalkers.

Couch is happy that Williams took down the photo. After all, she was just inviting people to stalk her by posting it. If she ever gets raped, we’ll know who to blame, amirite?

I can’t believe people really are still this dense. It is never the fault of the victim – no matter what she does. By pretending otherwise, Couch is making excuses for any and all stalkers, telling them that so long as they find their victim sexually provocative enough it isn’t their fault when they stalk. If anything, the stalker is the victim here. WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE STALKERS?!

Maybe next Couch explain why people who go out and don’t wear ragged pants and tattered shirts at fault for getting mugged.

One Response

  1. I agree a bit. It’s perfectly true that she can do anything she wants, and how people react is not her fault. With that said, her behavior DOES influence how people act.

    You mention mugging at the the end so my little anecdote is somewhat relevant. A while ago I read a story about how muggers were targeting people wearing the signature white apple earphones.

    With that in mind and soon traveling to Atlanta, GA, I went out and bought different headphones. Not that I would make a very pliable target for a mugger, but understanding that my behavior can influence the bad behavior of others and up my chances of being targeted.

    Should she change her behavior? That’s up to her. It doesn’t make it her fault if she if she is stalked, but she would have some of the responsibility.

    So I agree with you. It’s never the victims fault. The victim may hold some of the responsibility though.

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