Note: I wrote this after news of CBS correspondent Lara Logan’s brutal assault surfaced, when amongst all the victim blaming, people had the nerve to ask ‘Should women reporters be allowed to report from war zones?’ I forgot to post it, but nothing’s changed since then
Asking what it means to be a women in a conflict zone suggests that it is the woman’s responsibility to protect herself from assault. Asking if it’s appropriate for a woman to be there might as well as be asking if it is appropriate for women to be anywhere.
Even if women could prevent assaults just by taking precautions, the responsibility should never lie with her. Rape is the responsibility of the men who commit it. Sexual Assault doesn’t ever come with the job.