Which of the following statements do you agree or disagree with, and why?
- If you get robbed, it’s your fault. You should have carried a gun and used it to defend yourself.
- If your home gets burgled, it’s your fault. Your should have secured your home properly.
- If you get raped, it’s your fault. Your shouldn’t have worn those sexy clothes, and hey, what were you doing in that park at night?
- If your computer gets hacked, it’s your fault. You should have patched the computer every day and used a better password.
- If you get run over by a car and injured in the accident, it’s your fault. You should have worn a helmet and a high-viz jacket.
- If someone bullies you on the Internet, it’s your fault. You should have used a pseudonym on Facebook.
Do you agree with all, some, or none of these statements? Please elaborate in the comments. I’m not so much interested in nitpicking about the causation of certain incidents – read »your fault« as »in part your fault« if you like so. What interests me rather is the consistency or incocnsistency in our assessment of these matters. If you happen to agree with some of the statements but disagree with others, why is that?
P.S. (2014-09-05): Samuel Liles and Eugene Spafford discuss this matter more thoroughly: What is wrong with all of you? Reflections on nude pictures, victim shaming, and cyber security