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Nicole Bedera @NBedera
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Tried to take a lunch break from writing about violence against women. Ended up overhearing a man at the next table telling stories of all of the times he used violence to “defend his girlfriend,” which she found “terrifying,” but “I gotta protect her.”
The next story is the other guy thinking of dumping his girlfriend because she isn’t strong enough and “can’t hang with the guys” skiing. Many misogynist comments from both men ensue.
Their entire conversation has been putting down women and bragging about their physical strength and the violence they have committed. It’s loud. It’s impossible to ignore for those of us eating alone.
These are the moments I want male allies for. There are no effective ways for me as an individual women to intervene on this conversation. I’m outnumbered. Misogynist men bond together when confronted by a woman. But literally any man in this restaurant could step up.
And then I could eat my damn Thai food in peace before I go back to spending my afternoon trying to do my part to end sexual violence—which is a whole lot easier when I’m not angry about stuff like this.
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