Laura — thank you for posting your original piece. It brought home the reality of ‘rape culture’ in our society much more than anything else I have read online.
I thought I was someone who lead a pretty good life, and always treated women with the utmost respect and care, but your stories made me rethink several occasions in my younger life where I could have been described as dancing very close to the line.
I have two teenage sons of my own now, and will remember to explain to them some of the lessons learned from your post when I talk to them about how to be good, upstanding males in our community. There are many questionable and grey areas even in my behaviour that I want to make sure they do not cross.
Thanks for helping me to help my sons to make the world a better place…