Her Fault? How So?

Female signWhen did it become a woman’s fault that a man cannot keep it in his pants? Evidently its been going on for awhile. Just take a look at numerous rape cases where the defense claims that the victim dressed “provocatively” and made it somehow the woman’s fault that she was attacked and raped. Nowadays that defense doesn’t hold much water, although you do see it raised upon occasion.

Now the accusation has moved on to television commercials. Now, normally I don’t pay much attention to commercials … particularly if it involves a male hygiene sorta product. But one caught my attention. It was an ad for Axe Chill. The setting was in a school room with a professor pointing out how men were acting dumber and dumber when coming into contact with an attractive woman. They’re attention is diverted to the point where one guy on a bicycle plowed into a parked car because he was ogling a woman rather than paying attention to traffic. Other men/boys became gibbering idiots. And you know what? It was the fault of the women. They’re becoming sexier, dressing more provocative, deliberately swaying their hips in an effort to attract the male species. However, only through the use of Axe Chill will the man regain his equilibrium. Regain his power.

How is it the woman’s fault that men cannot keep their attention focused? Yes, it’s often used as an on-going joke that the male species turn into tongue-tied idiots when confronted with a beautiful woman … made popular in comedy sitcoms and slap-stick movies.

I guess that’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading and writing romances. For the most part, men treat women as equals. Sure, attraction and sex figures into the equation, but its on an equal footing. If something happens where the heroine is injured or attacked, the hero will go in with guns blazing to avenge her. He doesn’t blame her for her situation … unless, of course, she does something in which she is TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) … in which case, as far as I’m concerned, the book becomes a wall-banger.

Too bad real life rarely reflects what we find in books.

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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4 Responses to Her Fault? How So?

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Liz, I totally agree with you. That seems to be rising its ugly head (pun not intended, but if the ugly head fits…). Not just in commercials, but in things that some TV news commentators and politicians say on that subject infuriate me, too. It feels like we’re going backward instead of forward, and that’s not good for women or men.

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    Didn’t even think about the politicians, Edie. You’re absolutely right. It totally pisses me off that certain people make assumptions about women and then try to pass laws to sink us back into being second class citizens.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Liz,

    I actually have to stop reading about many of those cases because I get so angry. Like the judge that gave the teacher 30 days jail time for rape. Like what??
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vamping with the vamps…and me!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Dake, I’ll tell Ron to turn off the news sometimes because it makes me so furious. I just can’t listen to any of it for too long. It ties me up inside.

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