This was a monumental week for womenkind, and not in a good way. Over the past few days it came to the worlds attention that one of the biggest names in Hollywood, (Harvey Weinstein if you’ve been living under a rock) is a massive, disgusting, sexual predator. Quite frankly, I’m pissed off. Why does it have to be such an extreme situation for the world to wake up to the fact sexual harassment exists? Because, let’s be honest, it’s become a part of everyday life since evolution.
Like many others around me, as a twenty-something female I’m constantly objectified by vile creatures who think it’s OK to see women as nothing more than a piece of meat. And no, it’s not a matter of us ‘asking for it’ or not, these days it doesn’t matter if a woman in a ball gown or a tracksuit, within seconds they can still be undressed by some complete strangers eyes.
We’re told ‘not to be alone’ and to ‘take care’- but why should we have to? How has it got to the point where women have to walk around cautiously, fearful that they won’t get verbally abused, or even worse? It’s a complete and utter farce.
Now, it’s time to get our voices heard, and it’s time to stand together. I, for one, will be walking in January’s Women’s March, and I hope to have my feminist peers beside me. We all need to join this conversation, because maybe if we do, people will realise the severity of the situation so many people are in.
Earlier this year I spoke to Donna Kaz, (known as Aphra Benz) one of the members of a leading feminist group, the Guerrilla Girls. They first came about in the 80’s, and have remained as prominent figureheads in their movements. The women adopted pseudonyms of deceased female artists and also sported gorilla masks, as ‘issues matter more than identities’.