***Trigger Warning: Discussions of sexual assault and gendered violence***
As I waited in line at the grocery store I couldn’t help but peruse the headlines popping out at me from the magazine display. Lose pounds with the Taco Bell Diet! A slew of articles about Sandra Bullock’s shitty ex-partner and of course the
pro-women pro-sex headlines on Cosmo*. Lady Gaga on the cover and the “Sex Article We Can’t Describe Here!” somewhat piqued my interest** but what really caught my eye was the MUST READ: The Rape Danger Zone Most Women Don’t Know About.
Now, I’ve been planning on writing a post about Fear Culture for a long time and this article was a clear sign I needed to stop procrastinating. Also, during the week I was writing this post, I got this email from my Aunt warning me to be careful (the city they used was Philly instead of IL). How serendipitous. Fear culture and its connection to gender and race has been glaringly obvious to me for awhile, but lately I’ve been thinking more about how fear culture intersects with class (as well as ableism, sizism, and ageism.). I hope to explore these topics in “What Are You Afraid Of?”
Back to The Rape Danger Zone… I was slightly hopeful, hoping Cosmo might actually get something right and say the zone around men you are acquainted with or something. But no…
Keep your hackles up, ladies. Thousands of women are attacked each year in or near their cars. Yes, that’s right. If you are a lady*** then I would advise that you stop driving alone or walking to your car at any time of the day. Hell, you should probably never drive and stay in your home indefinitely. Because no matter where you are, you are in danger! Julia Corker, the daughter of a Tennesee senator was attacked “in a “safe” area where she lived with her father just blocks, in fact from the DC police headquarters as well as the US Capitol building.” (quotes around safe are authors -although I would have included them -no doubt for different reasons). You could also be attacked because “it’s easy to feel far safer than you actually are” which can lead to “potentially tragic consequences.”