Chileans affected by the earthquake have no food, water and electricity, so is it really fair to call them looters? How are people in a disaster zone supposed to get to their money to buy food if ATMs and EFTPOS aren’t working? Hence the whole “disaster zone” thing. It’s wrong for Western media to be pointing fingers and saying “ooh, look at the looters”. They did it with Haiti too.
Update: The ABC has been playing a game I like to call “Drunk girls deserve to be raped”. In a story about taxi driver MD Kowsar Ali who raped a woman:
The 18-year-old woman had been drinking with friends in the inner-city before hailing a taxi to take her home to the city’s southern suburbs.
So what if she had been drinking with friends? Whether she had one glass of wine or was blind drunk is irrelevant. But I don’t think the journo who put this sentence in was thinking “she asked for it”. It’s one of those things that you just put into stories without thinking, but it’s part of rape culture. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville explains it best, but here’s a part of it:
Rape culture is telling girls and women to be careful about what you wear, how you wear it, how you carry yourself, where you walk, when you walk there, with whom you walk, whom you trust, what you do, where you do it, with whom you do it, what you drink, how much you drink, whether you make eye contact, if you’re alone, if you’re with a stranger, if you’re in a group, if you’re in a group of strangers, if it’s dark, if the area is unfamiliar, if you’re carrying something, how you carry it, what kind of shoes you’re wearing in case you have to run, what kind of purse you carry, what jewelry you wear, what time it is, what street it is, what environment it is, how many people you sleep with, what kind of people you sleep with, who your friends are, to whom you give your number, who’s around when the delivery guy comes, to get an apartment where you can see who’s at the door before they can see you, to check before you open the door to the delivery guy, to own a dog or a dog-sound-making machine, to get a roommate, to take self-defense, to always be alert always pay attention always watch your back always be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down for a moment lest you be sexually assaulted and if you are and didn’t follow all the rules it’s your fault.