Does Rihanna's S&M image make us more likely to victim blame her?

Does Rihanna's S&M image make us more likely to victim blame her?

Timaree Timaree
Man polls indicate that a distressing number of young people, when asked about the Chris Brown and Rihanna relationship and the dramatic assault of a few years ago, think she probably provoked the attack.

Is this just standard victim blaming? Or is there something that drives people to think Rihanna specifically provoked a violent assault? Does her S&M-styled performance wardrobe and overt sexuality make people think it's more acceptable for her to be beaten?

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09/26/2012
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Quote:
Originally posted by Timaree
Man polls indicate that a distressing number of young people, when asked about the Chris Brown and Rihanna relationship and the dramatic assault of a few years ago, think she probably provoked the attack.

Is this just standard victim blaming? ...
I do not think that it is fair or acceptable to say that because Rihanna has this performance persona, it's ok that she was beaten up.
After all, if it HAD been part of S+M play, I don't think it would have been called domestic abuse. People who do the kink thing do tend to make a distinction.

So basically yeah, I think it is standard victim-blaming.
Though, I also think that Chris Brown's new tattoo is in incredibly poor taste
10/02/2012
GONE! GONE!
I suspect this may be the case among some people who don't know anything about consensual BDSM and assume that it's about just plain partner beating. =/
10/03/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Well, I assume she's a dumbass for being with the guy (again), but I don't think that his actions are her fault. The fact that some people do surprises me.
10/03/2012
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