Can we please, for once and for all, settle on the fact that being harassed either on social media or in real life is not a way to tell someone they are ‘attractive’? It is an unrequired and unwelcome invasion of personal space; and is often an attempt at exerting control over that person. It is also a continuation of patriarchy’s oppressive tactics that want to show that women in the professional space are nothing but public property and ‘fair game’.
…rld and retain my right to refuse to engage with those who would force their way into my proximity. I don’t have to fight each individual foot soldier of oppression; I can keep my focus on the big picture and my fight on where it could be most effective.
Since Title IX was enacted, opportunities for women in sports in this country have skyrocketed. In the 1971–72 school year, girls accounted for only seven percent of all high school athletes. Today, that number is 42 percent. Women have seen similar gains in college athletics — when Title IX was enacted, there were only 30,000 girls playing sports in college; today, that number is over 214,000.