From one of my new favourite blogs (I have crime-y elements in my writing, I’m not weird! Or no more than you… 😉 ) a very good point about sexual assault and what men can do about it.
“I have a
Sister. Mother. Aunt. Wife. Cousin. Daughter. Girlfriend. Grandmother. Friend. Coach. Teacher. Neighbor.
and I’m very protective of her.”
Men say this to show solidarity, to say, “Listen, I care because it’s personal to me. There’s a woman in my life. I can’t stand the thought of her being hurt, and that’s why I take this seriously.”
But as much as this is driven by well-intentioned desires to be allies in addressing violence against women, making this seemingly innocuous statement undermines the best of intentions.
- It suggests that women need male protection, as though the answer to these crimes is for each woman to have a male provide physical defense against those…
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