That’s basically two more generations of girls who’ve grown up fearing for their safety on dates, walking home at night, going to pubs or class or for that matter coming home for dinner.
We have new ways of describing it. No one used the term ‘rape culture’ in 1989 — I don’t think it had been coined yet. It’s a good one. On the other hand I don’t think there was a ‘community’ of straight men who thought that women owed them sex — incels I think is what they call themselves — either.
I like to think as a society we’re making progress in some ways despite this. That men who use their social position to prey on women can be brought down via a media shitstorm is also new. Or at least there was a brief time when they could. It seems — at least when it comes to appointing supreme court justices in the US — we as a society have hardened ourselves to the reality of #metoo.
But it’s not translating into less violence against women who aren’t famous. Or women who are indigenous. Or women who aren’t cis-gendered or who don’t fit neatly into the category of ‘woman’. And this is despite a crap ton of work by a lot of dedicated people — women, mostly. I salute them. Without that effort I fear we’d be in Gilead or similar.
Frankly I don’t know what the solution is. One place to start, I think would be re-inventing a Canada-wide advocacy organization for women that brought together all the feminist organizations and organizers. I’m sure there’d be a lot of difficult meetings. But I feel like the people in Canada have suffered for the lack of that voice since NAC disbanded way back when. I think it’s time to try again.