Okay I hate these stupid hostess sales parties, but a Stun Gun party sounds way cooler than a Tupperware or Avon party.
I like how its a running kit yet half the stuff in it has nothing to do with running…
But it does because a lot of women get raped/kidnapped while going for a run so sometimes having something like a stun gun/pepper spray is really useful!!
I guess the thing thats annoying me most is that its perpetuating the putting the blame on the victim thing.
"Don’t wear that skirt, its too short, you’re making yourself a target."
"Don’t run without pepper spray, you’re making yourself a target."
I understand the use. I’m just annoyed that its yet another thing saying “protect yourself from rape” instead of something saying “don’t rape”.
I totally get and respect what you’re saying and no one should ever have to load up on self-defense gear to go out, but we do sometimes. And I don’t think catering to women who want stuff like this to take with them is victim blaming as much as it is a company finding a need and filling it. That seems to be their operation. There is an ad for runners and there’s another for “college safety” that has an alarm door stop, pepper spray, etc. and then a roadside emergency kit with jumper cables, etc.
It’s just a money making thing. We can scream, “Hey don’t be an asshole and rape anyone today” until we’re all blue in the face and we do need to do that. We need to shame the fuck out of people who rape AND who blame the victim, but that’s not necessarily going to make it 100% to run alone. People also get kidnapped and murdered running without rape as a motive.
It’s kind of a shitty reality that we need to worry about stuff like this.
Now MY biggest issue with this is that their catalog says, “I’m gonna fight like a man so I won’t be screamin’ like a girl.” It kind ruins their “cool lady who can defend herself” theme to think fighting like a woman just won’t cut it.
Just some thoughts.