In an extract from her autobiography, Reckless, published in The Sunday Times, Hynde says she was to blame for being sexually assaulted when she was 21 because of the way she dressed. She was picked up by a motorcycle gang who promised to take her to a party but instead took her to an empty house and sexually assaulted her.
If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be? – Er, the guy who attacks you? Oh, come on! That’s just silly. If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged — don’t do that…You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and —- me’, you’d better be good on your feet I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”
Hynde also calls performers who use sex to sell products “prostitutes”.
A pop star who’s walking around, parading themselves as a porn star and saying they’re feminists. They’re prostitutes. I’m not making a value judgment on prostitutes, but just say what you are.