‘Ask Amy’ Says Ask Your Rapist If He Raped You

Amanda Hess, a blogger for Washington City Paper, wrote a sharp deconstruction (11/30/09) of Chicago Tribune advice columnist Amy “Ask Amy” Dickinson’s victim-blaming response (11/27/09) to a woman who wanted to know whether she was a victim of rape: Were you a victim? Yes. First, you were a victim of your own awful judgment. Hess points out Dickinson’s disparate treatment of victim and perpetrator: You donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t say whether the guy was also drunk. If so, his judgment was also impaired. Or as Hess translates: “Your judgment was ‘awful’; your rapist’s judgment was merely ‘impaired.’” The most stunning part of the […]