A handy guide to victim blaming

A handy guide to victim blaming - Photo by Bertram Kreuter

If you don’t want to have your private nude photos put on the internet, don’t take private nude photos.
If you don’t want to be raped, don’t be desirable to rapists.
If you don’t want to be shamed for your body, don’t show your body to anyone.
If you don’t want to receive violent rape and death threats online, don’t share opinions or exist visibly online as a woman, person of color, non-heterosexual–actually just don’t go online.
If you don’t want to be harassed on the street, don’t leave the house.
If you don’t want to be harassed at work, don’t get a job. If you don’t want to be harassed at school, don’t go to school.
If you don’t want to have your house broken into, don’t live in a house.
If you don’t want to be abused, don’t provoke your abuser.
If you don’t want to be harassed by police and/or shot while unarmed, don’t look “suspicious”, like a person of color.
If you don’t want to be shamed for having dark skin, don’t have dark skin anymore.
If you don’t want to be exploited, don’t be an undocumented or impoverished worker.
If you don’t want to work in unsafe, slave wage paying sweatshops, don’t take any available work to survive.
If you don’t want to be trafficked into slavery, don’t be poor, ignorant, young, female, an infant, or any other type of human who can be abducted or coerced with threats.
If you don’t want to have your life savings ripped off by a Wall Street crook, don’t try to invest in anything.
If you don’t want to get into a car accident, don’t drive a car.
If you don’t want to get food poisoning, don’t eat.
If you don’t want to drown, don’t go near water.
If you don’t want to be treated as less than human for a medical condition or physical difference, don’t be “abnormal”.
If you don’t want your children to be kidnapped, don’t let them leave the house (if you don’t want them to be abducted from your house, don’t have children and/or a house).
If you don’t want to be forced to carry a baby to term in your body, don’t have any sex ever (especially against your will).
If you don’t want to have your clitoris and labia sliced off and vagina sewn up, don’t be born female in certain countries.
If you don’t want to be treated like you are filthy during a natural monthly menstrual cycle that is responsible for human fertility, again, don’t be born female.
If you don’t want to be treated as less of a person for both having a penis and not exemplifying what it means to be a “real man”, don’t be born with or transition to having a penis.
If you don’t want to be beaten up, bullied and stalked, don’t be different from anyone in any way ever.
If you don’t want to be assaulted for defending anyone who is being victimized, don’t try to be a hero (or simply a decent person).

In other words, if you don’t want to suffer, don’t be alive. You could have prevented all of it by not being born, so really, you have no one but yourself to blame.