Many of the fundamental inequalities between men and women in America stem from our conservative/prudish society making sex taboo, and therefore making depraved men treat women more like things than people.
At least partially, yes.
"It's my booty, and I need it NOW!"
The sex industry is the only one where women make more than men.
I think we have the opposite problem
Really? We were at the height of sexual conservatism during the Middle Ages, and women were kind of treated like shit. You know that, right?
I'm not calling for a repeat of the same social conditions as the Middle Ages
while I didn't think you were if I may ask, what are you calling for then?
When marriage rates are shrinking, calls for the legalization of things like prostitution are rising, and 1/6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape I believe it becomes pretty clear that our society needs to become
More constrained and objectively moral, especially in regards to sex.
What's wrong with prostitution?
I think that is part of the problem.
This question made me think of this article which is somewhat related lol
That article raises a very interesting point. Obviously, as a non-woman, I can't possibly know how it feels to be a woman, but I certainly agree that school rules are often weirdly specific and regulatory of female clothing while barely containing
anything that specifically pertains to males. I feel like such byzantine dress codes most likely do originate in our conservative history as a nation, and I'm surprised that we are still so much so that way.
So you really think if we were more open about sex, men would quit objectifying women?
It wouldn't stop, but it would help. I'm in one of the most prudish areas of the country, and I'm legitimately horrified about how people talk about women, rape, etc. I never saw anything remotely this sick when I lived in a more liberal/open area.
What do people say?
When women are allowed to own their sexuality and not have it thrust upon them by men, yes.
I've heard hicks say "I would rape her" without a single hint of anything in their voice but sincerity. I've also heard someone say that if they could travel to any time period, they'd go back to when men could pay a girl's dad 30 pieces of silver
for permission to rape her. Frankly, it's fûcking frightening.
That is truly sickening. I can't believe there's people like that think like that. Why do you think being more open about sex would help? I would say stuff like this stems from a backwards notion that women are inferior and that's what needs to be
Dealt with, in my opinion.
Where I'm from, we learn that sexual desire is evil, and we shouldn't have any kind of sexual relations until we're married. As a teenage male, if you're unable to release certain types of energy, it eventually builds up into aggression, which can
end up quite poorly for anyone on the receiving end of that aggression. My friends tend to see women as sex things before they see them as people for this very reason, and I can only imagine that this mindset is also seen in other parts of America
that have similar cultural taboos on sexual activity. It's for this same reason that countries where porn is banned have such a prevalence of rape.
Not only that, but some women respond to this by using their sexuality as a way of obtaining power.. Women are extremely objectified in the media as sex objects in a way that men just aren't.
Watch this if you can: youtu.be/u_4dPB9MVS8
Do you think what you're seeing could be because you go to a Christian school? Obviously, no sex before marriage is only taught at religious schools. I mean, I live in Kansas, which is at least as conservative as Indiana and I don't hear those
Kinds of remarks.
Some other women respond to it by meaning ashamed of their sexuality... And they end up being conflicted about what they want. Many will send guys mixed signals.. That's not cool either.
I agree completely, Hayley. What's even more frustrating is when women gladly give into this objectification instead of demanding to be respected and treated equally by their male peers. It's so aggravating when people like Beyoncé who are
Clearly talented on their own and in no need of objectifying themselves to get ahead give in to what is expected of women.
Even in public school, we had abstinence-only sex ed, and the majority of people frowned upon any kind of openness.
I think that abandoning the sexual taboos in place in our society would do a lot to equalize the genders.