Friday, February 12, 2010

Shakesville: The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck

Shakesville: The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck: "The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Friday, August 14, 2009
[Trigger warning.]

Despite feminists' reputation, and contra my own individual reputation cultivated over five years of public opinion-making, I am not a man-hater.

If I played by misogynists' rules, specifically the one that dictates it only takes one woman doing one Mean or Duplicitous or Disrespectful or Unlawful or otherwise Bad Thing to justify hatred of all women, I would have plenty of justification for hating men, if I were inclined to do that sort of thing.

Most of my threatening hate mail comes from men. The most unrelentingly trouble-making trolls have always been men. I've been cat-called and cow-called from moving vehicles countless times, and subjected to other forms of street harassment, and sexually harassed at work, always by men. I have been sexually assaulted—if one includes rape, attempted rape, unsolicited touching of breasts, buttocks, and/or genitals, nonconsensual frottage on public transportation, and flashing—by dozens of people during my lifetime, some known to me, some strangers, all men." Click to read more...

A very important perspective and not too uncommon. I've had similar experiences throughout my life...

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