It Needed to be Said


I came across this one on the facebook, and I love it

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I understand why the narrative “she is someone’s daughter, someone’s mother” etc. etc. was used for so long. It’s supposed to generate empathy, to humanize female victims to people who would rather dismiss them entirely. The implication is “how would you like it if your sister/mother/daughter were treated that way?” in an attempt to make certain people understand that, when you perpetuate a certain kind of culture, everyone can be affected, even those you care about.

Having said that, I also like the fact that we can get passed that. It doesn’t matter if the woman in question has male friends or family, she is a person, and needs to be treated with the same respect and consideration that you would give any other.

Can we start feeling empathy towards others, without needing to resort to cheap tactics of association, please? That would be great.

Comments

  1. sonofrojblake says

    Can we start feeling empathy towards others, without needing to resort to cheap tactics of association, please?

    Please tell this to Zack Snyder. “Your mom’s name was Martha too? Oh, in that case I’ll stop trying to kill you and we can be BFFs.” Pffft.

  2. lorn says

    Agreed, good point.

    And if the people seeking to smear Hillary with the sins of Bill … well … that would be good also.

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