I live my life in a dream world. It’s not a perfect world, but at least a world where everything is safe, and everyone can be wherever they want to be without a second thought.
Today that dream was shattered by some news I got. It’s a hallucination, something that doesn’t exist. Or, at best, it does exist, but only for a select group of people.
I happen to be a relatively large specimen of the human species, and perhaps more importantly in this case: I’m also male. I never realized how much that makes a difference, but today’s news made me think about this a lot. People don’t usually seek any trouble with big guys. They certainly don’t approach me, touch me, or even whistle at me. People think twice about saying offensive shit. It gives me a very calm and peaceful existence.
I realize now that the world as I view it from 1.95m may not be the most realistic world view.
This morning I received the news that this week some female students were harassed and followed by naked masturbating men during field work. Not that this should matter as this shit is wrong in any area or time of the day, but this all occurred in a public area, and in broad daylight.
You read that right.
Some people are pigs. And that’s probably an insult to pigs.
What the fuck is wrong with these people…? Have they been raised by savages? At what point did this seem like a good idea?
Luckily the students got out with only the psychological shock of the events. Still, days like this are a smack in the face, and they make me feel embarrassed to be a man. I’m well aware of the fact that I’m generally unlikely to encounter situations like this personally, so I have a very naive world view. But it turns out that preparing students for field work now should include a warning for encounters with certain men. Ugh!
Being a dad of a baby girl makes me worried. Is this the world I have to raise my daughter in?