I Could Rape You Right Now

And no one would hear you scream

Heather M. Edwards
Jun 20 · 5 min read
What I thought my first date was going to feel like. All rights © Lon Christensen. Coasterra, San Diego

What happens to women and girls is not for angry men to debate and arbitrate.

I don’t tell you this for any other reason than that I have a niece now. She is intrinsically happy. And the number of angry white men leaving angry white male comments on my articles is growing.

God bless you, Sir Patrick Stewart. Break the internet.

“Call me old-fashioned, but I want a man who will protect me like I’m the reputation of a guy he’s never met.” — Kate Willett

By the time my niece is a teenager and excited to go on her first date, I don’t want her to have to deal with the arrogant assumptions of boys who feel entitled to her time, her attention or her body. If my niece grows up to date men I hope they won’t assume that their perspective is universal and their opinions are scientific facts while simultaneously assuming that women’s lived experiences are exaggerated, entirely fabricated, or manufactured specifically to ruin innocent men’s lives with false accusations.

Heather M. Edwards

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