From the same police department whose fashion tips inspired the international movement, Slut Walk, now fashion tips for pedestrians who don't want to get hit by a fucking car.
Toronto police kicked off a weeklong pedestrian safety campaign called “Do The Bright Thing!” on Monday morning at Union station.Making a grocery list, I tweeted.
Officers will talk to people at the subway station concourse all week, encouraging pedestrians to wear bright-coloured or reflective clothing when possible.
The smarty-pantses who follow me responded.
@fernhilldammit but if you're all lit up like that you're distracting! I can't help it I start staring & drive into you. Still your fault.— hornblower (@Indefatigabl_) March 4, 201
Because it's just like rape, eh? If you dress like a slut, you're asking to get raped. And if you dress like a normal human being, you're asking to get hit by a car.
Because drivers, like rapists, can't help themselves. Rapists see a slutty looking woman and they just gotta rape. Drivers see a slow, defenceless pedestrian and they just gotta drive into him/her.
How about telling the damn drivers: PAY ATTENTION! THERE ARE SLOW CREATURES OUT THERE WHO MAY GET IN YOUR WAY OCCASIONALLY BUT IT IS STILL NOT OKAY TO MOW THEM DOWN.
DJ! proposes the Dark Walk. Masses of humans wearing ordinary clothes taking over the sidewalks and crossing streets legally and carefully and, you know, walking.
Or maybe cut out the middle man and just dress like victims already.
UPDATE: Checking the referring sites, I found that this post has attracted the attention (no doubt short) of an appropriately named discussion board called The Slymepit. (I won't link.) It seems to exist to exude venom at sites like Atheism+, Skepchick (and its founder, Rebecca Watson), and FreeThoughtBlogs, centering on PZ Myers. It's a narsty, narsty place. And, of course, humour impaired. *waves at slymepitters*