With the cases of sexual assault on the rise, there seems to be no escaping the predators. Though campaigns such as #MeToo have given people a courage to speak up about the sexual harassment they have gone through, yet, several painful stories remain unspoken.
Recently, an author Jennifer Wright taking to her respective Twitter account, shared the results of a survey done by researcher Jackson Katz who asked men and women what do they do on a regular basis to avoid being sexually harassed and the answer chat is going viral.
Jackson Katz, a social researcher, asked men what they do on a daily basis to avoid being sexually assaulted. Then he asked women. pic.twitter.com/GjniLR4iIZ
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) September 30, 2018
The list is certainly a disturbing one. Despite many protections schemes, awareness campaigns, woman feel unsafe all round the clock in every corner of the world. Women do have to be paranoid and keep their safety as their topmost priority for every waking (and even sleeping) minute of their lives.
In comparison to the women society, men don’t have the fear of getting sexually harassed when they step out of their homes on a regular basis.
Netizens reacted strongly to the results
It did not take long for people to notice the tweet, which went viral with over 33,505 retweets and 57,300 likes at the time of writing. Not everyone agreed with the credibility of this research; however, one can hardly deny that there is a lot of reality to it. While some women ventured to add a few more things to the list, some of them pointed out how apart from taking care of themselves, they also lookout for other women, to make sure they’re safe.
I’m curious, what do men do on a daily basis to not get assaulted?
— Emcas (@Emcas12) September 30, 2018
I do 99% of these things without even thinking.. I remember when my kids were car seat age & wouldn’t sit still to be strapped in. I HATED having my back to the parking lot trying to strap them in. I doubt men have ever thought about that..
— Leslie Hall (@leslie1028) September 30, 2018
I am always sharing my location with my brother from my phone. Sad I have to, but does provide a little peace of mind. I also send contact and pictures to him of dates. Even second/third dates.
— Wanderlust Miss (@Wanderlust_miss) September 30, 2018
How men responded to the research
In case you’re thinking this was getting into a one-sided argument real soon, it wasn’t. There were plenty of men who offered their own two cents, agreeing primarily that it’s a hugely unsafe world for women out there.
Men who are saying “we do these things too” to avoid sexual assault (sexual – not robbery or something): No, no we don’t. I’ve never done any of these things, nor have I ever had a single conversation with any man who’s ever suggested they do any of these things.
— Simon Waldram Ⓥ (@WaldramSimon) September 30, 2018
As a man but also as a father to daughters and grandfather to granddaughters, I want to live in a world where women do not need to do any of these things.
— David Herne PhD (@AunatEridu) October 2, 2018