Comedian's Facebook Status Proves Just How Ridiculous Victim-Blaming Is

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All hail New Zealand comedian Alice Brine.

The stand-up comic posted a Facebook status on Tuesday to prove how ridiculous it is to blame victims for sexual violence, using some good ol' role-reversal.

"I'm gunna start going home with random very drunk guys and stealing all of their shit," Brine wrote. "Everything they own. It won't be my fault though... they were drunk. They should have known better."

"I'll get away with it 90% of the time but then when one brave man takes me to court over it, I'll argue that I wasn't sure if he meant it when he said 'no don't steal my Audi.'"

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She continued:

I just wasn't sure if he meant it. I said 'Can I please steal your Gucci watch?' He said 'no' but I just wasn't sure if he meant it. He was drunk.He brought this on himself. You should have seen how he was dressed at the club, expensive shirts and shoes. What kind of message is he sending with that!? I thought he wanted me to come and steal all of his shit. He was asking for it. When he said 'no' to me taking everything he owned I just didn't know if he meant it. 'No' isn't objective enough, it could mean anything.

Many users stood in solidarity with Brine, leaving comments like, "This is incredible," and "This is glorious."

Other users, however, didn't seem to grasp the point, writing, "I'm going to blame an entire gender for a minority's problems because the past has shown me if you generalise entire people's that has no known draw backs or inconsistencies."

As of press time, the post has almost 150,000 'likes' and more than 68,000 shares.

But despite the naysayers, Brine stands by her message.

“I thought of this analogy a while back and was just keeping it in the back of my head,” she recently told BuzzFeed. “I decided that now was the time to use it. The word ‘no’ is not subjective. Consent is not difficult to understand.”

And while some may still not understand the seriousness of sexual violence, now's the time to get educated on the matter. A report by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about 19.3 per cent of women will be victims of rape or attempted rape during their lifetimes.

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