Lately we’ve been hearing a lot in the news about college guys—particularly college athletes—taking advantage of drunk, unconscious girls on campus. If you’re anything like me, the name Brock Turner inflicts a feeling of both wanting to throw up, and needing to punch something. (If you feel the same, read THIS.)
In wake of all of these conversations, debates and trials revolving around consent, this comedian from New Zealand took to Facebook and created the perfect analogy—and it’s WAAAY better than punching something.
On Tuesday, Alice Brine shared a post that flipped the script on some of the typical biases against women who are sexually assaulted. She wondered what would happen if she took advantage of wealthy, drunk men by stealing their possessions—because technically, they’re “asking for it.”
In the post, Alice writes:
I’m gunna start going home with random very drunk guys and stealing all of their [stuff]. 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.’ I just wasn’t sure if he meant it.
She pokes at the common stigma that women who become drunk don’t know what they’re saying when they say “no” to a man who is trying to take advantage of them.
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 [stuff]. 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.
Consent is a real thing, and people everywhere are talking about it. Even in funny terms, Alice Brine makes a good argument with her analogy. Feel free to disagree, but she might just steal your car.