On A More Serious Note: Natural Hair Vlogger Franchesca Ramsey Shares Her Date Rape Experience

December 17, 2012  |  

Source: YouTube.com

If you’re a fan of vlogger Franchesca Ramsey, you know that she keeps it pretty light in her videos. If she’s not making viral skits or other comedic, little shorts, she’s teaching women how to style their locks into something gorgeous. But this past weekend, she strayed away from her formula to talk about something very personal and unfortunately, very prevalent: date rape.

The video came about as a response to vlogger Jenna Marbles’ video “Things I Don’t Understand About Women: Sluts Edition.” In the video Marbles’ goes on about what she considers “loose” sexual behavior for women, like one-night stands, women who sleep with other people’s boyfriends etc. There was one almost-valid point. Jenna mentioned that when you see a woman who’s blackout drunk on the street, as another woman, it would be a great idea to at least ask if that woman is ok, so she doesn’t end up in a dangerous situation. But in the midst of that conversation, she calls those women, who just so happen to get blackout drunk, sluts as well.

It didn’t really sit well with quite a few people. Many argued that there’s nothing wrong with having your own sexual standards; but trying to impose those standards on others, becomes problematic. Futhermore, this business of calling women sluts perpetuates the tendency society has to blame rape victims, that somehow their behavior, whether it’s wearing a revealing piece of clothing or being drunk in public, is almost an invitation to be raped.

Franchesca has a story just like that. She was once the drunk girl in public and unfortunately, that night she was raped. In the video below Franchesca recounts that experience and why calling women sluts actually hurts more than helps.

 

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