Monday, December 28, 2015

Yes All Women

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, GENDERED SLURS]

No, I mean actually all of them. ALL OF THEM.

There are a lot of things to blog about after a week off, but this headline jumped out at me just this morning. Trigger warning for description of sexual assault and gendered slurs.

A survey asked Parisian women if they’d ever been sexually harassed on public transport. 100% said yes.

ALL THE WOMEN.

The awareness-raising campaign ‘Stop – that’s enough’ (‘Stop – ├ža suffit’) was unveiled in early November as part of a wider programme to combat harassment in public transport. 
Its launch followed a headline-grabbing report in April that found that 100% of women surveyed said they had been sexually harassed on public transport (although the reliability of the survey’s sample was later called into question). According to Hollande’s Minister for Women’s Rights Pascale Boistard, who launched the campaign in conjunction with transport minister Alain Vidalies, its key aims are to “change behaviour to ensure that no attack is normalised or ignored” and to “give everyone the tools to react” when they experience or witness sexual harassment.

Thank you. I want to see a world in which everyone reacts to sexual harassment with complete horror, as though someone just pulled down their pants and took a shit on the bus. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? GET THE FUCK OFF THE BUS. GO TO JAIL.

Seriously, we've tried the whole "ignore the problem until it goes away" thing for how long? Decades? Centuries? And it's only gotten worse to the point that you can ask a large number of women if they've been sexually harassed in public and all of them will say yes. So maybe it's time to, I dunno, try ANYTHING ELSE?

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