|C'bawwwwwn, Suhn. This is just. plain. uncomfortable.|
The first was a father of one of the victims telling politicians their sympathy could, should, and perhaps WOULD suck it. For a grieving father to be so poignant and selfless is admirable.
The second (and louder - at least for those, like me, that seem to live their lives through social media when events like this hypnotize our nation) . . . the #YesAllWomen campaign.
If you are not on Twitter all day, errrrrryday (and good for YOU) the "#YesAllWomen" campaign was a sound off on how ALL women are/have been objectified, harassed, maligned, disrespected, and otherwise minimized in the raging libidos of their lesser counterparts. How big of a "thing" was this hashtag campaign? Click on this link, scroll down, and watch the time lapse video/map thingy that shows the campaign lighting up the world (or parts of (to be less dramatic)).
I'm not going to really wade in to the conversation. My sense of humor often gets me in trouble and I have a tendency to dismiss Internet phenomenons where participants try to out "deep" and out "philosophize" each other (and - to be clear - this campaign ranks high on the all time list for that) BUT I will simply say two things:
- I agree that no woman "deserves" to be marginalized, harassed, mistreated, or attacked in any way much less in a sexually aggressive way.
- All men (even the most saintly of them) are guilty of doing at least a shade of the above at some point in their lives - many so much so that the "men being animals" graph is not even a bell curve so much as a steep climb like that yoddler takes on The Price is Right
I can't imagine any man doing some of the things (much less all the things) mentioned in the Tweets tied to this campaign and yet - here we/they are.