“My biggest problem with Anita is that, if I used her reasoning, I’d see sexism everywhere.” – random Twitter gamergate sock puppet
“Teetering on the brink of an epiphany…” – Twitter user @yezzer, in response to the above tweet
This is the point. Sexism is everywhere. If you see this video and think these guys are just being “normal” or even “polite,” you might just be on the brink of an epiphany. ‘The way things are’ is not the same as ‘the way things should be.’ Not all women appreciate being treated the way they’re being treated. Oppression is systematic and pervasive; by its very definition, it is everywhere.
Here is an actress silently walking through New York City for 10 hours. That’s all she’s doing. She’s not making eye contact; she’s not engaging these people in conversation. Everything that happens to her is unprovoked. Now, there is definitely a gradient of behavior here. I will not deny some of these men act more respectful than others. But all of it is unwarranted; she does nothing. We can safely assume all of these people are strangers – there is no familiarity here. These are strangers interacting with a stranger.
Watch, and think. You may just teeter on the brink of an epiphany.
The Antares launch was too low in the sky for us to see with our mountains, but we did get to see the ISS fly over.