Short answer: No. But the feminist response to her common sense words were just as ridiculous as her claim that she “took full responsibility” for being gang raped decades ago.
Rock and roller mom, Chrissie Hynde, has been interviewed several times recently about her controversial assertion that our culture has become overly pornographic and that women need to pull the plug on that by changing their behavior and “stop acting like prostitutes.”
That seemingly common sense position has provoked a stinging backlash from feminists on both sides of the Atlantic. As Julia Hartley-Brewer from the Telegraph put it, “Chrissie Hynde has committed the ultimate sin for a former feminist icon: She has offended the sisterhood.” That is certainly true, and for that, I applaud Hynde. The feminist notion that the behavior of women can never be criticized, either for local incidents or for more widespread degradation of the culture, is bizarre, and it needs to be confronted.
Furthermore, many of the things she’s stated recently in her interviews are very reasonable. When she criticized pop performers like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, for example, for behaving like “sex workers” and doing “a great deal of damage,” that can hardly be refuted.
However, many of Hynde’s statements about rape could be characterized as irresponsible. When she says she’s taken “full responsibility” for her own past rape incident, because she was foolish and on drugs, that pushes believability. She’s also commented that when women enter situations where they are provocatively dressed and drunk, they should ‘expect’ to be raped, and that also violates Western sensibilities and Christian moral values on guilt. Unlike Islamic cultures, where woman are frequently blamed entirely for provoking men into sin, holding the men essentially blameless, westerners do not see it that way, nor should they.
In Christian moral thought, making a sin easier for the sinner may still be somewhat sinful, but it does not absolve the sinner. Being an apologist for rapists doesn’t solve anything and may actually make things worse. Perhaps Ms. Hynde should re-think some of her rhetoric on that, but in general, her message aimed at women is a healthy one, and I hope some are listening.
Cross-Posted at PoliNation.