Some men who want to compliment random women on the street are genuinely good guys who just don’t understand why their comments might be unwelcome. Some men who want to compliment random women on the street are creepy predators. Most are somewhere in between, and guess what? I don’t know you, I don’t know your life, and I have no idea if you’re going to leave it at “Hey, you look good in that dress!” or follow it up with “But you’d look better without it! Har har! C’mon, where’re you going? I know you heard me! Fucking cunt, nobody wants your fat ass anyway, bitch.”
When you compliment a random woman who doesn’t know you, no matter how nice you are about it, there’s a good chance she’s going to freak out internally because for all she knows, you could be that latter type. And I get that it’s really unfair that women would just assume that about you. I get that it sucks that sometimes, expressing totally reasonable opinions like “hey you’re hot” will make women terrified of you or furious at you. That’s not fair.
But if you’re going to lay the blame for that somewhere, for fuck’s sake, don’t blame the woman. Blame all the guys who have called her a bitch and a cunt for ignoring their advances. Blame all the guys who may have harassed, abused, or assaulted her in the past. Blame all the people who may never do such a thing themselves, but who were quick to blame her and tell her to just get over it. Blame the fact that if she stops and talks to you and then something bad happens, people will blame her for stopping and talking to you.
Why You Shouldn’t Tell That Random Girl On The Street That She’s Hot » Brute Reason (via brute-reason)
I posted this as an example of how to frame these issues in a way that doesn’t automatically force men into defensive postures and actually might help some people understand more fully why things are the way they are. The phrasing of “blame all the men WHO” is so much more effective than “Blame men.”
I am a man. I get defensive when you blame a group I am part of. But “blame the men WHO harass?” Oh, sure! I’ll blame them! I have no need to defend that! I’m not one of them! You’re right! I’m with you against those guys!”
Of course, we should only communicate like this if we want to, you know, improve our society.
Or we could keep making combative statements filled with sweeping offensive generalities and mocking individuals solely because they are men, or women, or feminist, or conservative…because it makes us feel superior.
Because that seems to be changing a whole lot of hearts and minds, right?
Seriously. I’m about to unfollow some people who I agree with on almost every conceivable issue solely because I can’t take their dismissiveness towards anyone not like them.
(Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself When You Went To Pick Blueberries Even Though There Is No Visible Evidence Of Anything In Any Way Related To Blueberry Picking In The Picture)
Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself (Right) Wednesday
I heard two interviews with MMA star Ronda Rousey today. It’s great that we now have a a role model that we can hold up as an example to every little girl that says, “Yes, you too can make life choices that for years we thought only thought men were stupid enough to make.”
“What do you want to do when you grow up, Sally?”
“I want to get punched in the face repeatedly, suffer permanent brain damage, be an invalid for the majority of my life, and have my money stolen from me by unscrupulous promoters all for the entertainment of a fickle, bloodthirsty audience that will forget about me as soon as I stop regularly risking my life for their enjoyment.”
“And if that doesn’t work out?”
“Probably be a vet. I like horsies.”
Just think of all those little girls in Rome who never had the opportunity to be eaten by a lion.
Smile Friday: It Was A Good Birthday Edition
(Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself And Your Ducky Dog Melting Wednesday)
i like my men how i like my burritos
naked and spicy.
Covered in sour cream?!
Mexican and in your mouth?
Picked up at a Chipotle?
Shared with a friend because you can’t take all that meat?
Fills you with regret and makes you sick to your stomach at the end of the night?
Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself (and the guy that feeds you) (Taken with Instagram)