If they can get into your snatch, then you’re a slut.
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If they can’t get into your snatch, then you’re frigid.
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Society’s vulnerable has always been the victims of catch-22 situations.
For example, for the homeless, a catch-22 is that they cannot get a bank account without an address. But they cannot afford to get an address without a bank account to deposit funds into.
Women are too often the victims of catch-22, with one of the more horrific being the brutal trial by ordeal accused witches were subjected to: If she survived, then she was guilty and had to die. But, if the ordeal killed her, she was innocent and did not have to die.
A contemporary example is to be found in the work environment: A woman has to be nice at work if she wants to be promoted. But the nicer she is the less likely she is to be seen as a serious candidate for promotion.
That is the crux of the problem that this series addresses.
☐ How I should behave. ☐ How I should think. ☐ What I should wear. ☐ My education choices. ☐ Whom I should love. ☐ My sexual options. ☐ Whom I should marry. ☐ Whether I should have children. ☐ Whether I may work. ☐ What work I may do. ☐ What I should do with my life.
50% have to cross the street to avoid street harassment,
26% are in a relationship to avoid harassment,
80% feel the need to be constantly alert on local streets,
9% switched careers to escape harassment
The “Our Streets Now” Campaign
Two sisters, 15 and 21, from the UK have started a campaign to end street harassment in the UK called Our Streets Now.
It started when they spoke about how they experience the world as young women.
How they feel scared walking home at night. How they feel anxious in an empty train carriage. How they feel sexualised in their school uniform.
Channelling this anger into change, they decided to start a petition.
Hundreds of women and girls went online to share their stories of being insulted, followed and assaulted in public space. Soon enough, thousands of voices were joining the Our Streets Now movement, tired of harassment being a ‘normal’ part of being a girl.
Our Streets Now became a community determined to challenge the myths and taboos stopping this topic from being discussed, and challenged, out in the open.