- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Comedian Sarah Silverman is catching heat from male fans after she retweeted a sarcastic list of rape prevention tips that instructs men to “remember not” to sexually assault people.

“Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks,” the list says. “When you encounter a woman who is asleep, the safest course of action is to not rape her.”

Ms. Silverman retweeted the list from another Twitter user and added her own message: “These are great - send to all the men in ur life.”

“Carry a rape whistle. If you find that you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you,” the list continues. “If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her … Use the Buddy System! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.”

Though Ms. Silverman’s tweet received nearly 6,000 retweets, many male fans expressed their disapproval with the list’s characterization that men are naturally compelled to rape.

“it’s extremely offensive. It implies that it’s common for men to think about ways to rape girls, when that’s nonsense,” tweeted Zac Lee.

“I feel like battling sexism with sexist propaganda is the best way to promote sexism,” tweeted Ben Morphy.

“[T]his is in every way as unacceptable as singling out black people for crime,” tweeted Tom Morgan.

Co-creator of “The Daily Show” and Ms. Silverman’s friend Lizz Winstead responded to Mr. Morgan, suggesting that the list was a satirical take on lists often given to women, such as “How To Avoid Being Raped.”

“No. what is unacceptable is how many lists are made telling women how not to get raped, Bye,” Ms. Winstead tweeted.


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