Yes, drunk women do put themselves at risk.

Kelly Brook is under fire for saying that drunk women put themselves at risk. She’s being accused by the usual motorgobs of victim-blaming.

Kaye Adams in response said that she was wrong and that you have to start from a position of trust.

Adams is wrong and Brook is right. It would be the other way round if we lived in a perfect world and the only consequences of getting blind drunk were a hangover and a big bar bill.

Feel free to provide evidence to the contrary, but it would be my strong assertion that we do not live in a perfect world. It would be lovely if we did, but we don’t.

Therefore, in any aspect of living, not just this, everything becomes a matter of risk management. We have to ask ourselves if what we are doing puts us at a higher level of risk than we find acceptable.

Again, I am happy to listen to evidence to the contrary, but it would be my assertion that young women getting blind drunk then heading home by themselves are putting themselves at a (far) higher risk than they would ordinarily consider acceptable. Because we do *not* live in a perfect world and there *are* nasty and dangerous people out there.

Starting from a position of trust is naïve and a luxury we cannot yet afford.

So yes, Brook is right. It’s a shame that she is right, but that does not make her any less right.

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These posts represent the collected thought of Paul Harper. Usually rants, occasionally lucid, always easily ignored. Read, don't read, your call!

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