today our english&lit teacher asked us whether legolas is a man or a woman
at times I’m finding it really hard to tell if he’s being serious or just fucking with us
And the reason someone might feel entitled to go ahead and take those liberties with females is that they feel the price of accidentally insulting a woman is negligible. It doesn’t matter if a woman is startled, annoyed, offended or scared because they are perceived as being non-threatening and lower in status. Just as property crime is committed on targets that appear vulnerable, harassment is committed against people who are perceived as less empowered. So committing the act of harassment is, in essence, informing the person you perceive them as lacking in power….or at the minimum, lacking the ability to respond with an overhand right to the eye socket. —
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Dr. Timaree explains why street harassment is an issue far more eloquently than I can.
Oh my god everything in this article is spot-on.
“If it were actually a compliment to yell at someone out a car window, then “job creators” in really nice suits would get cat-called by young men who admire them. If it were about flattery, guys wouldn’t do it (or mocking variations of it) to intimidate other men. Think about every First Day of Prison scene in movies. Inmates don’t make kissy faces as a sign of reverential regard. It’s a show of intent to dominate sexually.”
there’s a difference between glorifying something and joking about it to deal with it because it’s difficult
most people who joke about being lonely or awkward aren’t trying to be *special* or glorify those things, they are actual lonely or awkward people using humor to try to cope with things that they find difficult
Guys, just be cool.
ran into an old friend today
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