Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
andrewducker

I need to know what you think about this woman's experiences

Read this (trigger warning, sexual assault, multiple tales of growing up in patriarchy)

I am a man and

This sounds entirely believable to me.
43(91.5%)
Surely this is exaggerated?
0(0.0%)
SEIWEIC
4(8.5%)

I am a woman and

This sounds entirely believable to me.
96(93.2%)
Surely this is exaggerated?
3(2.9%)
SEIWEIC
4(3.9%)

I am non-binary and

This sounds entirely believable to me.
3(50.0%)
Surely this is exaggerated?
0(0.0%)
SEIWEIC
3(50.0%)


Reason for asking:
Ten years ago, this would have fallen into the "Surely this is exaggerated?" option for me. Purely because I grew up so insulated (also, as one of three brothers, at an all boys school) and so I had _no idea_ what lots of girls were going through, and assumed that if things were bad, then at the worst it would be similar to the horrible bullying I was going through.

After listening to female friends for the last decade or so, my default assumption is that any woman I know has been sexually assaulted, even if they don't talk about it. Because any time the topic comes up in conversation it's more than 50% of them who (metaphorically) put a hand in the air.

And so now I encounter a life history like the above, and I think "Yes, that's _normal_ for a large chunk of women." And I'm really glad that this kind of thing is now being shared widely and generally, and people are talking about it more and more. And I keep hoping that this openness and transparency leads to change.
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