Jackie Fox is taking a stand against Chrissie Hynde’s shockingly bad comments about rape victims in her upcoming memoir Reckless: My Life As a Pretender.
Fox, who is a rock legend herself as a member of the Runaways, has also faced the harsh and scary part of the music industry. She was raped by her manager, Kim Fowley, in the 1970s.
Fox told Yahoo Music that Hynde’s rape statements made her “surprisingly angry.” And she wants to set the record straight because she thinks that Hynde’s comments were just insensitive, but also send a “dangerous message.”
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Hynde explained about her own horrifying experience with rape. She was sexually assaulted by a biker gang in the 1970s. “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility,” Hynde said. “You can’t f*** about with people, especially people who wear ‘I Heart Rape’ and ‘On Your Knees’ badges… Those motorcycle gangs, that’s what they do… 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?”
And while Hynde’s comments seem to point specifically to her own experience, her memoir takes a broader approach. According to excerpt that have been released, Hynde writes, “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? [sic] 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.”
Fox’s response to Hynde’s views is perfect.
“It bothers me, because I don’t know that she’s gone out there and talked to [other] rape victims,” Fox explained. “If you had seen the messages that people sent me, so many of them were about ‘I’ve always thought it was my fault.’ We already think that anyway. 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 judgement is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it.”
I couldn’t imagine even trying to sum it up better, so I’ll just continue with some more words from Fox.
“I know so many women who were raped while they were drunk or high, and they all blame themselves. To say that a woman can’t misjudge how much she’s drinking, or dress in a way that makes her feel good about herself for fear that men aren’t going to be able to control themselves, or that she has to be able to know who is dangerous and who isn’t, is asking an awful lot of men and women — especially young people.”
Sounds like Fox is the one who should be writing the book.
Meanwhile, Hynde’s editor should be taking another look.