Deborah Russell on Jane Austen, rape culture and John Key

Great feminist minds do think alike – back in January I posted a classic quote from Pride and Prejudice which shows just how entrenched the idea of “a woman says “no” when she means “yes” to lead men on” is in our culture.

The amazing Deborah Russell has used the same quote to highlight a slightly different issue: the way men don’t even bother assuming a woman is playing games; just refusing to hear the word “no” at all.

The connection to John Key’s sexual harassment of Amanda Bailey should be obvious – but head over to Deborah’s and read the whole thing. It can’t be said enough.

One Reply to “Deborah Russell on Jane Austen, rape culture and John Key”

  1. That scene from P&P has been playing in my mind ever since the news of the PM repeatedly pulling on a waitress’ ponytail came out, all the more so because even after she said no as clearly and directly as she could, he just carried on.

    Many thanks for the link. And for your support.

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