Would Limiting Men’s Freedom End Sexual Assault?

The brilliant post What If We Responded to Sexual Assault by Limiting Men’s Freedom Like We Limit Women’s? turns sexism on its head by suggesting that since men who assault cannot control themselves, we should put restrictions on all men, such as making them wear blindfolds in places where they might encounter women in skimpy clothing.

The author’s not serious, of course, but the satirical technique of role-reversal can reveal the underlying assumptions of well-meaning advice. Does this make you uncomfortable? Good, it should. Obviously I’m not in favor of locking up the majority of men when only a minority (around 6% by most estimates) are estimated to be rapists. But on the flip side, why should we punish all women by making them conform to strict rules because a minority of men are perpetuating sexual assault?

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Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.