Friday, 25 January 2013

Lumley on Ladettes

Image courtesy of The Telegraph

The inimitable Joanna Lumley has apparently been speaking out about the 'ladette' culture of the youth today. She has blasted young women for dressing in inappropriate clothing and for getting falling down drunk, leaving themselves vulnerable to robbery or even rape.

At first, I read through the article with an indignant 'well, times change' attitude, but the more I think about it, the more I actually agree with her. And it's not just the girls that I think need to heed her advice.

Last week I wrote an article about binge drinking for a local website, but I completely neglected to point out how much danger we put ourselves in when we're inebriated. Our entire sense of judgement is compromised and our safety is at enormous risk. Just yesterday, I read an article on xojane.com in which a woman allowed herself to be bought drinks by a barman whilst travelling alone. What followed was the sexual assault of a very drunk and vulnerable woman by a completely sober man. It went unreported as she felt that the assault fell under a 'grey area'. She had allowed him to touch her out of shock and confusion and she went away feeling that she'd brought it onto herself by being so drunk in the first place. 

It's not just women who are at risk, either. Men are far more likely to be attacked or mugged when their guard is down. When is your guard lower than when you can barely even stand? 

It's a shame that we have to be told by our elders to curb our enjoyment, but such is the world we live in. The thought of a wasted girl, having spent all of her taxi money on shots, getting onto a night bus alone gives me chills. The risks are abundant, the world is a dangerous place.  There is a chance of being assaulted stone cold sober, I know, but this is raised considerably when your awareness is compromised and you're less able to fight back. You also hear, of course, of women who are raped whilst unconscious, often at parties and by people they know. It's just not worth taking that chance.

Going out and having a few drinks is fine, but don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. You have to look after yourself in this life, because no one else is going to.

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