Women Supporting Assault?
February 24, 2012 § 3 Comments
I am pretty positive that every female has felt the uneasiness when walking late at night with someone behind them. It is an inner, safety tactic that is ingrained into our brains from a young age. Like in the Brent Staples essay, many people have crossed to the other side of the street when feeling uncomfortable or changed their route all together. The stories and incidents are out there. We all know, have heard of, or even are victims of some type of assault from a man. It does not matter what race a guy is, if it is dark and late at night, I’m going to feel somewhat uncomfortable. I do think some racial stereotypes do enhance this feeling, but it can be found in most cases. Why do women carry this inner feeling with them? Why have there been so many cases of rape and assault to women from men?
Objectification of women is encouraged in our society. I feel that these have a direct relationship. Who gave men the idea that they can or would want to attack a woman? I believe women have. By constantly objectifying our bodies, men do not see us as actual people but rather objects for their taking. No, no one should ever attack a person against their will, but I feel that men feel that they can. Women are constantly played as the weaker sex and are here for a man’s pleasure. We all know that this is not true, but yet women are still giving in to and supporting this idea. We are allowing the degrading advertisements and encouraging the use of our bodies to get us where we want to go.
There is definitely a problem with men attacking women. But women are not helping the situation.