But the news that a woman – hell, a person; whoever she or he is, felt uncomfortable during what should be an entirely perfunctory and routine check to ensure safety and nothing more (I’ve been frisked at airports loads of times and never once felt uncomfortable with the actions of the woman doing it), does not give you free rein to suggest that, perhaps because for some, she is easy on the eye, she is ‘humblebragging’, or in any way deserved it.
Leaving your frankly startling (if, admittedly, illustrative) mangling of the English language there for the moment, to suggest that a woman is drawing attention to something she felt uncomfortable with as a backhanded way to ‘big up’ her own beauty is utterly patronising and contemptuous.
Good looking or wearing revealing clothes? Expect a grope in the airline queue, ladies!
Oh yeah, let’s set the cause for equal rights back a hundred years, shall we? If a girl has the temerity to be a woman dressed in anything less than a sack, she is asking for it, right?
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, I’m certain you wouldn’t want to imply that just because someone is rich, mildly famous and models underwear, they shouldn’t be allowed to whinge about an unwanted sexual grope now and again, right? Right?
Erm, no, absolutely fucking not. You don’t even need me to go in to the woefully low rates of conviction regarding sexual assault and rape; or highlight some of the hideously immoral governments around the world (including some slightly closer to home than we’d all like to admit) that continue to enshrine in law the view that the blame for the mainly male-perpetrated, disgusting gender-related sexual crimes that take place against women on a daily basis lies with women themselves describe how much that answer is no, right?
Harassment, intimidation, victimisation or rape, to use those examples in this case, in any form, is the fault of the perpetrator. Always, no ifs, no buts. End of story.
Whether the pat-down was entirely routine and Rafaeli misjudged its intention doesn’t even come into this. If she was made to feel uncomfortable, she was, and it shouldn’t have happened, and shouldn’t be allowed to happen to someone else (the unwanted touching, not the pat-down; airport security is a whole other can of worms – smaller than 100ml and packed in a square plastic wallet, obviously). As I said at the beginning of this, the only thing it possibly merits is an investigation into the practices of airport security officers, if that.
To suggest that Rafaeli a) was bragging about being inappropriately patted-down, b) should expect it because she’s good looking and famous and/or c) deserves to have tunes offered up on the world’s smallest violin for her trouble, is fucking offensive, and I would have expected better from a usually interesting, forward-thinking and erudite publication such
as yourselves (Not sure if I agree with this description- Ed)