Just reblogging this old post in light of the Harvey Weinstein/Bill O’Reilly/etc. sexual harassment scandals.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this blog related to feminist issues or portrayals of women in media. I’m not a scholar or an expert on this subject, but I try my best to do it justice. But I have blind spots. This isn’t an excuse I’m making; it’s self-awareness. As a male, my upbringing and conditioning was totally different from girls and women and because of that, there are so many activities or points of view that I either take for granted or don’t even give a thought that girls and women can’t think or act the same way about. In the city I went to college to, I constantly walked everywhere by myself. I did so assured that the passersby wouldn’t catcall or harass me, or that someone who smiled at or said hello to me wasn’t trying to proposition me. And that is just one example.
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