the article is about violence against women. a reality that is all to common to a great number of women in canada and around the world.
the strong majority of violence that occurs towards women is perpetuated by men. and more often than not, the women who are experiencing violence at the hands of a man know who her attacker is in one way or another. perhaps this is why lezlie is making the connection.
and to those of you who think violence against women is "just violence that exists in our society," clearly you have no idea what it is like to live as a woman in our society. everytime i leave my house i have to consider things like what i'm wearing, where i am going, is it too late to go by myself? or how about when i walk down the street and i feel someone staring at me, licking their lips or making other crude gestures? or how about when i'm at the bar and someone thinks it is their right to grab my ass or touch my breast as i walk by? or how about living with someone you know is physically stronger than you and could hurt or kill you if they wanted?
i understand and appreciate that men have no idea what it is like to live in our society as a woman. i have no idea what men are up against, so i don't expect them to know what we are up against. but i don't react to the issues that seriously concern them with indifference. i don't brush it off and tell them it's all in their head. i try and have empathy and understanding. i ask what i can do to help things change. maybe some of you can do the same.
what about the men who pick up sex workers. i'm tired of talking about the women, what about the men? let's put the spot light on them. i think if we put johns under more scrutiny you might see less activity on their part. the punishment for picking up a prostitute should be harsher. much, much harsher.
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