Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Right to Freely Move About

This is something men have always taken for granted. They can go anywhere at any time of the day and rarely if ever be bothered. They can be with friends or can be alone. They can go to movies alone, they can travel alone, they can eat out alone, they do anything without a blink of an eye.

Women, from the time they are old enough to walk, are taught they have to be constantly afraid. They have NO right whatsoever being out in public without some man around to "protect" them from others. Otherwise, they risk being assaulted, raped, murdered, or simply catcalled by assholes who have no respect whatsoever for women and their right to bodily integrity. Of course catcalling, the most common kind of sexual harassment, IS harassment. It is NOT complimentary--EVER. This harassment is most common against women beginning in the early teen years and continues for most women into their late thirties and for many never goes entirely away.

It has nothing to do with what women wear or how they look. It is just the fact of their very existence without the "protection" of a man that "justifies" filth being hurled at them when they are simply minding their own business. It's violating their right to personal space.

Women in some Muslim and Hindu countries go through something called "purdah" in order to stay away from strangers and men in general. What women in this country go through is something similar with this catcalling bullshit. The message is clear: Women are not to freely move about.

There was a viral video that came out a few days ago demonstrating just what so many women go through when they try to freely move about and mind their own business. Her case is hardly unique:

"I have been doing martial arts since I was nine, and I have a black belt in tae kwon do ... and I am scared," Roberts told Cooper.

The video has been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube. Despite numerous threats of violence against Roberts, many have been supportive.

What in the HELL is wrong with people that they would make threats against her for merely stating a reality millions of women face every single day?

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