Friday, 9 October 2009

A post about irrelevancies

Further to Deborah's Ground Rules Post of Awesomeness months back, let's just clarify a few things. This has been rattling around in my head for some time now, particularly in the wake of what happened to the women who raised concerns about Richard Worth.

In order to be the victim of harassment is it not necessary that you be:
  • a virgin, or at the least virginal in conduct
  • married
  • a parent
  • uninterested in, or disliking of, sexual activities
  • a woman
  • heterosexual
  • demurely dressed
  • brunette
  • not considered attractive by the mainstream media (apologies for the double negative)
  • wearing little or no makeup
I'm sure readers can add suggestions of their own.

I really really hate this stupid idea that harassment, rape, abuse, etc can only happen to someone who fits some ridiculous stereotype of innocence straight out of fairytales from Ye Olden Tymes. All that should matter is that the attention and/or actions are unwanted. Full stop.

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