Jackie Fuchs, the former bassist of Runaways, has directed a critique to Chrissie Hynde for her recent comment that women should be less provocative in their choice of clothes or getting drunk in order to prevent potential sexual assaults.
Fuchs reportedly said: “I don’t want to cast a stone at Chrissie Hynde – just at that one particular statement. Because it’s a really dangerous message.”
The Pretender’s frontman was interviewed by the Sunday Times and she recounted an incident in which she was sexually assaulted. She said: “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility … You can’t paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this? You have to take responsibility. If you play with fire, you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it?”
In her book, Hynde writes: “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be? If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged – don’t do that. Come on! That’s just common sense. You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.”
Apparently she had an issue with Hynde’s statements, and in an interview with Yahoo Music said that what bothered her the most was the fact that Hynde hadn’t spoken to other victims of rape about the experience. “If you had seen the messages that people sent me, so many of them were about ‘I’ve always thought it was my fault’ … So this is just telling people who’ve recently gone through this experience of being raped or abused, ‘Yeah, you’re right, it is your fault.’ But there’s no such thing as asking for it. And poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it.”
She agreed that women could perhaps wear high heels a little less often, but not as a way to outrun the rapists; but because they can be really bad for back and feet. “Are most of us really going to be able to outrun a rapist even in sneakers? And are rapists really going to look at a woman and think, ‘Nah, fuck it, she’s wearing flats’?”