Ironically, advocating that women carry firearms in case of rape bolsters the fear that men will not only rape them but kill them, even as it puts women in greater danger of being unable to establish that the same fear is legally reasonable. Advocating that women carry guns to prevent rape argues that women should be afraid of men. They should be so afraid, in fact, that they keep a deadly weapon on hand at all times. Be afraid men will not only rape you, but kill you; but don’t assume a court will find your fears reasonable…
Stoking women’s fear that men will rape them continues to put the onus on women to defend themselves, while doing nothing to address the actual cause of rape: rapists. …It continues to support rape culture, making future instances of rape inevitable by failing to address rape’s actual sources.
And it does all this by placing a greater burden on women who take the gun-carrying advice by forcing them into a legal trap. The situations in which a woman using a firearm to prevent or stop her rape are legally permissible self-defense are vanishingly few; the situations in which these actions are not legally permissible are legion. By asking women to use guns to prevent or stop their own rapes, we’re asking them to risk sacrificing their personal liberty in exchange for their personal safety – if guns made women safe from rape, which they don’t. Dani Alexis, What We’re Not Talking About When We Talk About Guns and Rape at Alas! A Blog (via seebster)