In the hurt and anger and disbelief that follows allegations like those levelled against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein there is often a voice that adds to the harm, as opposed to condemning it.
This time that voice came from fashion designer Donna Karan who, when asked about the Weinstein revelations on the red carpet, called into question the way women dress and said: “what are we asking for by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
There is always backlash. These voices that blame victims and atttempt justifaction where none is possible are often shouted down. Karan later apologised, labelling it a “misunderstanding”.
But no one has pointed out the error in this message quite as effectively as Australian actress and Oscar award winner Cate Blanchett.
Speaking at InStyle’s annual fashion awards in Los Angeles on Monday night, 48-year-old Blanchett gave the most foolproof explanation for why victim blaming is never, ever correct.
“Women like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f*ck you,” she told the audience, as reported by The Telegraph.
“No one says to Steve Bannon, ‘you look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?’”