i’m just going to say that i’m uncomfortable with making the rape culture discussion all about guys. if that makes me a man hating feminist scum then okay. whatever. i haven’t cared about followers in forever, so this isn’t about losing or gaining them, although i’ll probably lose them. it just….*deep sighs* i’ve been trying to be eloquent about this and not just angry all day and i don’t think i can do it. i really don’t. people of privilege have to step in and steal everything. women can’t have anything of their own. men like to come and steal it. ‘Rape culture is about me you guys!’ disclaimer- i’m not claiming that men can’t get raped so can we all stop talking about that? i’m claiming that rape itself is something deeply rooted in misogyny, the hatred of women,so at the outset, this problem, rape culture, is not about how MEN are really the victims.
typically, can we agree that men are privileged? have we regressed so far out of orbit that we think men have to live in fear? i can’t have sex, really, without it being unsafe. maybe that’s because i have casual sex, who knows. or maybe it’s me just feeling unsafe and being too oversensitive. but not being able to suck dick without a hand pushing me down without my consent, not being able to have people touch me without them doing it like they see in male-gaze porn and hurting me. forgetting to ask me before doing this or that and switching it up, and it turns out that i didn’t want to do that but i’m not vocal enough to speak up before the surprise move happened.
i can’t walk around at school without the whistles, the subtle way young wyoming Cowboys act around women, though i’m not sexy and i won’t pretend i am. this is sort of a way to mock fatness. catcalling can be a traumatic experience for me, and it should be, because it reminds me that my body is not my own. one of the first feminist things i wrote about on tumblr was a guy who rubbed his dick up against me three times at a nightclub and me having to scream, after asking politely twice, for him to stop. i just have the bad feeling that he would be like tommyxvx, one of the men on here talking about how rape culture is totally about them.
and men saying rape culture is about them wouldn’t even be a problem if they didn’t do it every time women speak up about rape culture, and if it wasn’t about telling us to shut up, or telling us that drinking milk is JUST LIKE what happened to us. we would know, they say. because men can get raped too.
yes, men *can get raped*, too, as no one has ever denied. but that doesn’t mean the threat of rape hangs over men like it does women. sorry, it just…it doesn’t. men don’t have to worry about being cat-called and having rape flashbacks for the grand crime of going to the store for some groceries. men don’t have to worry about the fact that the next time they want to give head, it could turn into rape because porn has taught men that it’s totally acceptable to push womens’ heads down on their cocks without consent. men don’t have to deal with the repurcussions of not wanting to have sex with someone like women do.
i’m deeply disturbed by what happened today. by the men who told me i am a rapist because i drink milk. by the men who intentionally shoved that in my face. and then they centered rape culture on themselves. sorry, but no. i can’t be a part of a movement that does this. i can’t. it’s disturbing. it’s bad. it’s wrong.
rape culture is not about how men are the victims, and i’m tired of hearing men bring this up every time a woman speaks up about it, and only to shut her up.
i want people to read this so i’m reblogging it.