Stephanie makes a very important point in “You’re Not Oppressed, White Atheist Dudes”.
Mild forms of oppression don’t historically stay mild. When a group is an acceptable target for hostility in normal times, this increases their acute risk under more unusual circumstances. Marginalized groups are more likely to be scapegoated in times of economic stresses or societal upheaval. People from marginalized groups are more likely to be considered “safe” targets of random aggression or to be the object of the rare dangerous paranoid delusion.
That that that that that.
I think that’s what’s happening right now with respect to women, and it scares me. Not for myself, but for women and girls in worse circumstances.