Sexual Innuendo and Intimation
Catcalls and Wolf Whistling
Flashing and Indecent Exposure
Men Masturbating in Public Places
Men Masturbating on Public Transport
Female Genital Mutilation
Sexist Abuse and Trolling on the Internet
Sexism in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
I’m not going to list the statistics.
Because I’m fucking sick and tired of being a statistic.
Because it’s 2021 and I can’t believe I’m still protesting this shit.
Instead check out @EverydaySexism
Read Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
and Eve Was Framed by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Do your homework.
Or better still go speak to a woman you know and ask her experience.
I guarantee she will have at least one, although I suspect it will far more. As it will be for her friends, and friends of friends. And her grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece or cousin.
I’ll also wager she didn’t report it and if she did, nothing will have been done about it.
Or in the unlikely event there was an outcome, it will have been minimal.
And he will go on to offend again, and again and again and again.
And another woman becomes a statistic.
Because boys will be boys.
Because it’s part n parcel of being female.
Because it’s ingrained in us to put up or shut up.
Because nobody believes us anyway.
Because the proof is in the lack of conviction rates.
Because the British Justice System is a joke, set up by blokes for blokes.
Because NOBODY GIVES A FUCK about women and children.
The women of London (and elsewhere) hoped to Reclaim the Streets on Saturday night. But the Met reversed the decision. Apparently, it’s not safe to have a peaceful socially distanced vigil.
But last weekend, George Square in Glasgow looked more like a war zone as thousands of maskless men gathered to celebrate a League Title win.
However, one thing.
Reclaim by definition means to retrieve or recover (something previously lost, given, or paid); obtain the return of.
How can we reclaim something that’s never been ours?
Refuse to be a silenced statistic.
After all human history they should be glad we only want equality and not payback.
My thoughts are with Sarah Everard and her family at this time.