Women were asked to imagine life if men had a 9pm curfew and the replies were an eye opener (especially if you’re a man)
I would go outside or to a park at night. I love the nighttime outside when it’s so quiet, and there is a quiet contemplative beauty to the world, especially in the city. But is hard to enjoy it when I’m hypervigilant to possible threats (getting mugged/assaulted/kidnapped).
— CJ Jazzy Jeff (@neutronsoup) September 26, 2018
I’d go to the bathroom without worrying that someone was drugging my drink.
I’d go out dancing without worrying about someone sticking their hand up my dress.
I’d play pinball without worrying that someone was going to grab my ass.
— You Ruin Everything (@YouRuinEveryPod) September 25, 2018
Actually walk to places I wanted to go without horns and hearing things about my anatomy shouted from a car window. Shop in peace. Go out for a drink because I really want to have a drink and watch the band.
— destructor fascista (@KosmishArtist_) September 25, 2018
I just booked an airbnb for a work trip which will have me out late into the evenings. Took me an hour of google mapping to see how I’d approach different properties, whether streets were lighted or populated.
So, for starters, I’d book any damn place I wanted to, without worry.
— Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) September 25, 2018
Go camping solo–and then if I heard something approaching my tent at night I could worry that it IS a bear rather than worrying that it ISN’T a bear.
— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) September 26, 2018
Basically, exist in the public sphere without fear. Walk anywhere I want, by myself, without my mother and sister freaking out. Go down to the beach and listen to the waves while it is quiet and cool. Go drinking with my friends without elaborate planning or inherent risk.
— Heather Blackett (@HeatherBlacket1) September 25, 2018
And this is how men reacted.
I’m a white guy who regularly visits other countries by himself, walking city streets after midnight while listening to music on my headphones while not speaking the language. Never even occurred to me that this was a gender privilege.
— Randall Stephens 🏳️🌈 (@DrBeagleman1) September 26, 2018
Wow, I feel horrible right now. None of this has ever occurred to me as an issue. I run, I go do whatever I want whenever I want.
Why aren’t women filled with uncontrollable rage all the time?
— Houston Wolf (@houstonwolf) September 26, 2018
To paraphrase @IjeomaOluo:
“It is very hard to survive as a woman in this world, and I remember saying once that if I stopped to feel, really feel, the pain of the oppression I encountered, I would start screaming and I would never, ever stop.”https://t.co/0vA3F2r3mL
— Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) September 26, 2018
Jesus this is a heartbreaking thread. https://t.co/QOBRtBoZcq
— Seamas It Ever Was (@shockproofbeats) September 26, 2018
Oh, and then there was this person.
you do realize that doing such a thing would force all women to work swing and grave shifts. Businesses don’t close at nine. People need to earn a living.
Nice idea in theory but it falls apart as soon as you look at it. Can we not suggest curfews for half the population?
— rebecca (@blueraccoon) September 25, 2018
— K-Pop Momma MarMarOhio (@MarMarOhio) September 25, 2018