Wisconsin is waging a fight against human trafficking? Good luck!
I watched CBS This Morning on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Here’s what was said in the report :
You can send all the intelligent, talented women you want into Silicon Valley to set up new tech businesses, but when they go for money to fund their projects, they ARE HIT ON FOR SEX by the men on whom their future depends.
According to the news reporter: The sexual harassment stories are HORRENDOUS and UNENDING.
You can also read about it in The New York Times online. And it was on Public Television’s Thursday Newshour.
If young girls are naive, certainly the women who encourage them to assume their “rights,” whether to display their bodies or their intelligence, should NOT be equally naive. Like Black parents who have to warn their children how to survive in a hostile White world, all PARENTS must teach their girls and MENTORS must teach their female students that they live in a hostile Patriarchal world in which women are fair game.
Nor is it enough to teach males that females have a right not to be molested; we have to teach boys that they are NOT natural predators; that there is more to being a boy/man than dominance and sexuality.
Our entire society has GOT to address the Patriarchal upbringing that boys receive in this culture. Do you recall the song from the musical “South Pacific” — “You’ve got to be taught, From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear…You’ve got to be carefully taught.”
By middle school every girl is worried that boys won’t like her; by high school, if a girl still has her virginity she has to keep it secret. Why are boys told that they have to “score” sexually with a girl in order to be accepted by their peers? They aren’t born with those goals; they “must be carefully taught.” And they certainly are.
The other evening I saw a commercial that had this catchy line: every little girl dreams of her wedding day. (Really?? Where did she get such an idea?) And we teach three-year-old boys and girls that it’s “sweet” to kiss and pretend to marry each other.
Why is SEX (not friendship, but SEX) the primary way we teach boys and girls to relate to each other? Why doesn’t our culture focus on teaching boys and girls about individuality, friendship, interest in ideas, learning from each other? No, the focus is sex. Is our obsession with sex from Nature ….or is it a marketing ploy that makes money for too many? Sex — sex as a drive, sex as a sin, sex as the forbidden pleasure, sex as the one desirable, sex as inevitable — is a drumbeat carefully and endlessly orchestrated by society.
On the Fourth of July, our local parade included two dance teams. The suggestive “moves” the girls had learned — breast and pelvic thrusts and hip twirls — were impressive and certainly caught the eye of every man and boy lining the streets. (These girls, too, are being “carefully taught.”) Girls are told they have a “right” to wear bikini-type clothing, and then they are sent out to deal with males who respond instantly to the sexuality before them, and the only “right” they see is their own to look at, lust after, touch, and possess the female body tripping by.
Equality? An end to sex trafficking? Not on your life. As long as Patriarchy rules, woman is synonymous with sex, and men and boys are taught they OWN both.