Many of the city streets have parking areas on the right-hand side, leaving very little room for both cyclists and motorists. By "very little" I mean it is unlikely that a motorist can safely pass in the same lane with oncoming traffic and still satisfy the one meter legislation. Usually, for fear of a stupid motorist attempting to pass unsafely, I "take over" the lane. You should see the dirty looks I get.
What happened to that young man, while tragic, happens far more often to women. What's your point?
Also, my use of the adverb, "regardless", allows for dependence on time and place, but ignores it for the present analysis. In stating "regardless" I am, in effect, comparing the likely experiences of boys and girls (men and women) in the same place and time and, for the heck of it, who share similar backgrounds. In this context, I am arguing that the source of injustice is the fact that women and men face very different risks to their sexual welfare (rape, cat-calling, verbal assault, etc), holding constant place, time and socio-demographic characteristics. I thought the captain would understand the use of "regardless" but apparently he (she? I'll assume "he") did not.
Anyway, much of the data, available on this thing called "The Internet", shows that that this pattern holds across countries and over time. I urge you to use a tool called "Google Scholar" to explore the facts underlying the claims of sexual injustice, and then reflect on this discussion.
1, 2, and 3 are all legitimate concerns on their own but they are illegitimate criticisms of the original article. That was my point. Pointing out that this neighbourhood is bad, that people who look a certain way behave a certain way or that groups other than women are victimized are all separate concerns that do not form adequate criticisms of the women who, according to people like you, have the audacity to lament a fear of sexual victimization that most adult men are fortunate enough to never experience.
TJ: I suggest we, as young white men, stop worrying about being categorized as evil people. As Louis CK once suggested, and I paraphrase: we lucked out being born white and male, so we should enjoy the ride while it lasts. Meanwhile, it would help to empathize with those who, historically speaking, have not lucked out (women, minorities, etc).
Captain: regarding your retort to (1, 2, 3), I suggest you re-read my post in the context of the second paragraph. Failing an enlightenment, read the first paragraph of this post. Second, I would feel safer from sexual intimidation (verbal or physical) than a "typical" woman, even if it were 3AM and even in Highfield Park. By typical I mean a woman closer to me in socioeconomic status, not a women who lives in Highfield. Regarding the rest of your post, most of which is irrelevant. Yes, on some rare occasions, perhaps fuelled by ecstasy or LSD or some other unexpected desire for sexual exploration, straight men cat call other straight men. Yes women who rape are also bad people. None of that is relevant to the fact that women face a higher risk of being raped or sexually intimidated REGARDLESS of where they visit, what time they travel, with whom they associate or what little they wear.
There's few reasonable actions that a woman can take (short of being a recluse) to reduce her risk of being raped to that of a man, hence the "moral hazard" criticism inherent in blaming a woman for fearing sexual intimidation lacks merit.
The arguments against the original article have included:
1) you shouldn't have engaged with that sketchy neck-tattooed guy (neck tattoos mean violent socio-path, murderer and/or rapist IN ALL CASES).
2) you shouldn't have been in that sketchy neighbourhood (further perpetuating negative stereotypes about our community and community-dwellers).
3) Men are assaulted too! (Wahhhhhh!)
In other words, "DUUUURRRRGHHHHHHH *** I CAN'T HEAR YOU(R LEGITIMATE CLAIMS)"
More victim blaming. None of the above claims are legitimate or on point. The point of the article in question was that women and men face very different risks, based on their sex, REGARDLESS of place or time. As a typical male, I can be in public at any time and place and feel more safe and secure from cat calling and perceived sexual threats than most women. This is because women don't sexually assault men as frequently and because heterosexual men do not cat-call other men.
1) the vast majority of pitt bulls involved in attacks are not "family pets". They are "resident dogs" that are generally tied up, abused and malnourished. Not exactly representative of all dogs in the breed.
2) Media reports of pitt bull attacks often erroneously identify dogs as pitt bulls. Although these dogs may look like pitt bulls, not all actually are pitt bull breeds. In addition, many media reports fail to report the breed when the breed in question is perceived to be "family friendly" (i.e. retriever, lab, etc)
3) Pitt bull breeds have only in the last few decades been responsible for a disproportionate volume of dog bite-related fatalities. Prior to this, the leading perpetrators were German Shepherds. Interestingly, the rise of the Pitt Bull as a perceived and actual threat coincides with the growth of an urban rap scene characterized by a culture of violence and gangsterism.
4) Although pitt bulls were bred to be animal aggressive (the dog has been used for hunting and dog fighting), they were not bred to be aggressive toward their people.
Preemptive retort to those discounting my comments for lack of sources: This is a comment section, not an academic article. I have researched this issue in depth but did not archive my sources into a database for easy sharing.
Cats have better personalities than most people.
Also $40,000 for a one time investment that will provide services in perpetuity is astronomically less than the investment necessary to help disadvantaged adults "find their way".
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