There are many places in this world in which I feel afraid and uncomfortable, and one of those places is in other peoples bathrooms.
Because you never know exactly where those seats have been and what’s been on the rear ends that have sat there.For all you know crawling around on that porcelain could be a disease outbreak virulent enough to stump Dustin Hoffman. Then there’s the Vaseline of course.No one ever has a small jar of Vaseline,it is always one of those large, economy-sized jars.And you always have to wonder exactly what they are using it for.You know, of course, what it can usually be used for.You simply wonder which of those uses are the ones that they are using it for;and the fact that you don’t know is always a little daunting.Especially since they seem to be using it often enough that they actually need the giant jar.
I once heard this story as a child about this young man who sat down on a toilet when this baby crocodile crawled up through the pipe.Someone had flushed it down the drain as a baby into the sewer where it had apparently survived to crawl around the sewer ways.People had been sighting them for weeks,I’d heard, it was just this persons luck to come face to buttocks with one.The crocodile bit him on the asscheek and tore a significant chunk from his body.He screamed in agony and ran around bleeding all over his bathroom before finally collapsing from the loss of blood.He died on the floor of his bathroom covered in blood and fecal matter. Ever since then I have always done a thorough check of the bathroom toilet pipes before I ever sit down.Especially in an unfamiliar bathroom. Afraid that there might be a crocodile just waiting for me this time.
Now you might be wondering why in the world I am mentioning (fabricating) this? I mention it because Nelly Thomas penned an article the other day where she mentioned a similar reasoning being behind why she always looks under her car and is afraid of car parks.In fact the article that she wrote, subtly entitled “Teaching Men Respect is the Only Way to Prevent Violence Against Women” talking about how to prevent violence against women.Or at least that’s what you would think she did going by the title. The reality of it is ever-so-slightly different.
Yeah, about as “ever-so-slightly different” as comparing a G1A Starfighter to the Enterprise NCC-1701 (the original series one,not the POS from that bullshit alternate universe of the new movies).
Ms.Thomas spends the first eighty percent of the article elaborating on all of the many ways and reasons that she is afraid walking down the street at night.Of being alone in a cab.Of having her daughters out in public.Of being in the country and avoiding the woods (because fucking fairy tales told her so).Of fearing the men in her own home, or those in her own life.Of being afraid of laneways, foot paths, nightclubs,the business district, public toilets, parties-
Yeah,yeah, basically she’s afraid of anywhere there might possibly ever be a penis within a thousand feet of her.And she’s teaching her daughters to be equally afraid of every potential penis-concealing shadow as well.It’s the typical bs about how there is danger lurking everywhere and no woman is ever safe at anytime because the evil penis-bearing man-things are everywhere.
Can we skip to the point please?
Yes, the point in this is that Ms.Thomas speaks at length about how terrified she is;obviously as a means of emotionally manipulating her audience, and presents this as being right and normal.However it’s anything but. The extent to which a woman like Ms.Thomas is afraid of constantly being raped is only to the extent that her and the women like her are irrational.They are the product of decades of feminists trying to inflate rape numbers and crime statistics.To make women afraid with claims that you can be raped anywhere at anytime and never safe from rape.Despite that in 2011 the FBI reported only fifty two rapes for every one hundred thousand women.Ms.Thomas, and ladies of the internet, there is no constant Boogieman or Rape that is waiting out there to pounce upon you and victimize you.Despite what they constantly try to tell you to keep you in fear.
There is no more danger of rape than any other bad thing which might happen to you, and considerably less danger than most bad things.
I do not know if Ms.Thomas truly believes what she is saying or if she is just lying for her ideology,but for her sake I hope it is the latter.Because otherwise she is someone to be pitied.A small and weak-minded creature that has allowed herself to be terrorized by ideology into living in constant fear and jumping at every shadow.A state that she,unfortunately, says that she tries to impose upon her daughters as well.Emotionally crippling them and weakening them when they are at their most vulnerable ages. No different than a Christian or Muslim telling their child that god will kill them or punish them for eternity for disbelief. It’s child abuse, plain and simple for her to do this to them.All the more evil if she is aware of how untrue that it is.
The part that ticks me off is how after her whining and crying about the abject terror that normal life is for her she starts into talking about how women shouldn’t have to take precautions and how teaching women to help themselves never works because it doesn’t make rape one hundred percent unlikely (you’ve all heard this feminist line a million times before). Meaning that she has no intention of actually taking any responsibility for her own fears or delusions, or her own safety.Her solution, teach men to respect women. Apparently then it’ll all be roses and puppy dogs.
And since nobody ever seems to really want to ask this, I will. If this sort of person is an example of the average woman (and thankfully she isn’t,though she thinks she is), then what is there to respect?
She spends six paragraphs telling everyone else how she curls herself up into an emotionally wrecked ball of nerves at just the thought of going out alone at night.Ignorant of how safe she actually is in the society she lives in,and goes on to teach this to her daughthers.All the while denying any responsibility for looking after herself, any agency, while simultaneously going on to tell all men that they see women as a thing to dominate and control.
Oh yes,clearly women like this are deserving of respect. If she wanted respect, but that’s not what she’s asking for. She’s asking for deference. For all the men to drop what they’re doing and look after her, take care of her. Lock her away and keep her safe from all of those evil men that might hurt her.Where she will never again need to have men look at her body in a way that she will not like.
Fortunately I know of a place where she can get exactly what she’s looking for. A place where they show women the exact kind of respect that she wants.