Last week, I saw a post on tumblr that both outraged me and encouraged me. The post was a photo of a young woman holding a sign that read:
"I need feminism because my university teaches ‘How to avoid rape’ instead of ‘Don’t rape’ at freshman orientation."
It angered me because of the idea that, in this day and age, university officials would not take the time to think before creating such a class. But it encouraged me because of the realization that some young people do indeed get it, they understand the problem and won’t stand for it. I wish there were more.
It motivated me to create the above cartoon. Yes, more women are entering jobs once held only by men, women are CEOs of major companies, women are successful in many ways in our country. But so many are not. It may be subtle and hard to see sometimes, but I believe we live in a culture that is often sexist on a day-to-day basis. We live in a society where some still blame women for others’ inexcusable behavior, and it is supported in our institutions, media and advertising. It’s time to foster respect and understanding, this is what feminism is about. And we need to do whatever it takes to end rape culture. An article in Ebony by Zerlina Maxwell lays out the problem: we need a paradigm shift in the way we look at rape in this country.