I am this nervous around every person who enters the elevator with me. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity and race is. I don’t trust anyone with my life. Does this make me a bad person?
No, so am I. I am also this nervous around people who are walking behind me, people whom I pass on the street, or people who wait at the bus stop with me.
I get what the gifset is trying to say: that black men are not going to savagely attack you, and I get that, but as a woman I have literally grown up with horror stories about being alone with a man.
It’s today’s society that dictates that a woman should be afraid of being alone with a man. That’s any man, I’m pretty sure the woman’s reaction in the gif set would be the same if a white man had stepped into the lift instead.
I was thinking the same thing.
It’s not because he is black.
It’s because he is a man and I am alone.
I was raised to fear the uncontrollable lustful men and try to never be alone with them. That was my responsibility and my duty as a woman.
I don’t clutch my purse to me because I might get robbed, but because the purse is another layer of imaginary protection between him and me.
And saying that women are “provoking a savage attack” that would consist of someone grabbing our purse out of our hands and beating our asses to the ground is kind of the shittiest thing ever?? I mean holy fuck, God forbid we get uncomfortable in an elevator, especially when you’re standing that fucking close in a nearly empty space, and choose to try to preemptively protect ourselves and our belongings. Saying we’re provoking that kind of unwarranted assault because of how we act sounds suspiciously like, yep, you got it, rape-culture and victim-blaming!
I mean, I understand what this guy was getting at, and I agree with the point he was trying to make, but goodness gracious there is a much, MUCH better way of getting your point across without the unnecessary subtle shaming of an understandable reaction to being in an enclosed space with a man, regardless of race.