Dig these tweets from a successful writer who was sexually and emotionally abused by an unscrupulous, powerful man. It's part of a series of tweets which is well worth your time. They describe her experiences and how other men in the industry didn't stand up for her and why she couldn't do it for herself.
I felt incredibly vulnerable, unsafe, and undermined in front of industry colleagues. Just really small and embarrassed. Everyone laughed.— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) October 7, 2017
Where did chivalry go, Carina? Where were those knights in shining armor ready, willing and able to do battle for a lady? Why are you facing powerful men all on your own?Women need men to stand up for us, or at least to stand behind us. BE THE GUY WHO OFFERS TO MAKE A SCENE FOR A WOMAN SO SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO.— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) October 7, 2017
Because we asked for that. We approved of that. We didn't want all of the restrictions, restraints and self-denial that is required from both sexes to civilize men. We don't civilize ourselves naturally. Women and religion civilize us. Left to our own devices, we become Harvey Weinsteins or pusillanimous weasels who allow the Harveys to dominate women. It's pretty hard to find a primitive or pagan society where women were much more than property*.
If you want the freedoms of the court of Caligula, don't expect any Lancelots.
|'How Sir Lancelot slew the knight Sir Peris de Forest Savage that did distress ladies, damosels and gentlewoman.' from 'The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table', illustration by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).|