Monday, 4 March 2013

More Fashion Tips from Cops

You think they'd learn.

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.

Officers will talk to people at the subway station concourse all week, encouraging pedestrians to wear bright-coloured or reflective clothing when possible.
Making a grocery list, I tweeted.

The smarty-pantses who follow me responded.



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.




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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*

2 comments:

Godel Noodle said...

If you dress like a slut, you're asking to get raped.

Well yeah, but (to parallel hornblower) if you don't dress that way, you're also asking for it! You're leaving so much to the rapist's imagination that he can't help but get carried away in his innocent rape fantasy--the one YOU went out of your way to tease him into thinking about while you were parading around in front of him, dressed like such tantalizing, forbidden fruit.

Seriously, though, I either didn't know about or had forgotten the incident that inspired Slut Walk. Unbelievable...and yet, disturbingly, all too believable.

I hope you don't take offence to this comparison, but your post here has a delightful Lindy West feel to it. You both have a great sense of humour. I love hornblower's response too. Too funny!

fern hill said...

I had to google Lindy West. (Why would I be offended? She *is* funny.)

Lindy West's Guide to Sex and Dating.

Sample:
'How to Get with a Boy if You Are a Girl

Exist. Smile. Wash yourself. Go to places where other people are. Have fun. Congrats! Penis in vagina!'

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