A small tale of consciousness-raising

We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him.

The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.

“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.”

The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked.

“So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. pinkagendist says:

    Very interesting. I’ve always thought gay rights are actually a gender equality battle, it’s the natural extension of feminism. The right wing can’t deal with “gay” because it upsets their social pyramid where the virile man is at the top and everyone else in society is measured on how useful they are to that top male.

    1. Christy says:

      Thanks I agreed. I truly believe patriarchy harms men as much as women. It’s so sad that it still exists so strongly today – but I suppose also very encouraging that we are able to let our voices be heard!

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