“The only thing I care about more than feminism,” writes Caitlin Moran in an interview with Salon magazine, “is being funny.”
I like Caitlin Moran — British columnist and author of “How To Be A Woman” — because it’s easy to like her. She’s funny. She’s accessible. I don’t like Moran because her highly public, self-appointed position as ambassador of feminism is undermined when she makes rape jokes.
In a recent interview with blogger Mia Freedman, Moran stated that she doesn’t wear high heels because they are loud and ‘alert’ a rapist that she is coming. This was her response to Freedman’s remark that a woman who walks home late at night is analogous to “(leaving) your car unlocked with the keys in the ignition.”
Moran is no stranger to controversy: Earlier this year, she incited anger by making a rape joke on Twitter.
This is not a column about whether or not people should take general safety precautions (the answer: everyone should). This is a column about rape culture.