By Vita Forest
I’ve been thinking about Donald Trump.
And Noa Jansma from Holland who snaps a selfie with every man that wolf whistles, or cat calls, or propositions her with, “I know what I would do with you baby” “wehee horny girl” “hmmm you wanna kiss?” (She asks permission for the photo, they don’t ask permission to appraise her). See Dear Catcallers It’s not a compliment (on Instagram)
And thinking about Jane Gilmore “fixing” media reports of male violence against women on #FixedIt (“A woman is dead. A man is accused of killing her. Police allege domestic violence” – not – “Man accused of running over woman at strip club parking lot”. He’s not a “thwarted lover” he’s a “violent man”).
And this week, in the next suburb, a woman lay dead outside a high-rise building. Another victim of domestic violence. Her attacker was known to police.
And I think about my own children and the kids in my class and hope that we’re raising a generation that will not accept the entitlement of bullies, that know they do not always have to keep a secret, that know the right way to treat women – to treat everyone. That know what consensual means, that don’t abuse their power, that stand up for themselves and others, that treat everyone with respect.