There's a very unfortunate disparity when it comes to sexual assault victims. In the USA, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be victims of rape in their lifetime.
In a perfect world, this number would be zero for both genders, but as it stands, women are FAR more likely to be sexually assaulted than men are. For years, this has been an issue for women to fix - and they're angry about it!
Women are told not to do certain things in order to not get raped. Not to walk in a dark park or an empty parking lot, not to ever be alone, not to forget to lock their car doors when they're driving at night... the list goes on.
It makes sense, therefore, that come 2020, women are pretty angry, and they have every right to be! Women are sick and tired of it being their job to NOT get raped, rather than the responsibility of men not to rape them.
Jackson Katz, author of 'The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help', is the first man to minor in Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a Master from Harvard's School of Education and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from UCLA.
In what is now a viral post, Katz's words are circulating once again, with the hops to explain why women are so fed up with dealing with this sexual assault gender disparity. Check it out below.
'Men ask why women are so pissed off, even guys with wives and daughters. Jackson Katz, a prominent social researcher, illustrates why. He’s done it with hundreds of audiences:
“I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol on one side and a female symbol on the other.
Then I ask just the men: What steps do you guys take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they’ve been asked a trick question. The silence gives way to a smattering of nervous laughter. Occasionally, a young a guy will raise his hand and say, ‘I stay out of prison.’ This is typically followed by another moment of laughter, before someone finally raises his hand and soberly states, ‘Nothing. I don’t think about it.’
Then I ask the women the same question. What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? Women throughout the audience immediately start raising their hands. As the men sit in stunned silence, the women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily routine.
Hold my keys as a potential weapon. Look in the back seat of the car before getting in. Carry a cell phone. Don’t go jogging at night. Lock all the windows when I sleep, even on hot summer nights. Be careful not to drink too much. Don’t put my drink down and come back to it; make sure I see it being poured. Own a big dog. Carry Mace or pepper spray. Have an unlisted phone number. Have a man’s voice on my answering machine. Park in well-lit areas. Don’t use parking garages. Don’t get on elevators with only one man, or with a group of men. Vary my route home from work. Watch what I wear. Don’t use highway rest areas. Use a home alarm system. Don’t wear headphones when jogging. Avoid forests or wooded areas, even in the daytime. Don’t take a first-floor apartment. Go out in groups. Own a firearm. Meet men on first dates in public places. Make sure to have a car or cab fare. Don’t make eye contact with men on the street. Make assertive eye contact with men on the street.”
― Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help.
(The first man to minor in women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.)'