The Comm and Gender Spot

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Don't Flaunt It

Police in Suffolk, England have put out a magazine for women as part of a safety campaign about drinking alcohol. Some sensible advice is given to women who plan to go out and drink. They’re told to stick with their friends, call a taxi instead of driving themselves home, and try to watch the amount of alcohol they drink.

But that’s not all. The magazine also recommends that the women wear “nice pants” and make sure that they “recently had a wax.”

The magazine also says, “If you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it.”

That’s right. Part of the magazine is concerned about what people will be seeing if the woman drinks so much that she falls down or passes out.

The initial recommendations seem very sensible. They are recommendations that could actually be made no matter if the drinker was a man or a woman. But was it really necessary to make a recommendation so that onlookers don’t see what the woman is or is not wearing underneath their skirt?

Couldn’t the police have taken a more tactful manner in making women realize that they may become more vulnerable when they drink to excess instead of taking what appears to be a distasteful, tongue-in-cheek look at the potential problem?


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