When I hear people say “Not All Men”. This is what I think.
Not all passengers in taxi cabs are thieves, but taxi drivers put up plastic screens. Passengers don’t say
“Not All Passengers”.
Not all teachers are paedophiles but we check their criminal records annually. Teachers don’t say
“Not All Teachers”.
Not all applicants for jobs are liars but we reference check them anyway. Candidates don’t say
“Not All Candidates”.
Not all men are rapists but women want spaces just for women….But, to this last one, men say
“Not All Men”.
Statistics and facts show men are more likely to be the perpetrators of abuse, rape and murder of women. That’s just a fact.
Women cannot reasonably tell the difference between the men who might hurt us and the men who won’t.
So when you say “Not All Men” you are saying “give each man the benefit of the doubt”.
Fine, then give each passenger, each teacher, each candidate the benefit of the doubt. Stop safety screens, criminal records checks, references. Is that reasonable? No. Because people have a right to protect their property, their children and their businesses.
Women have a right to protect ourselves. Women will and should take precautions. We will fight for laws and policy to reduce our risk. Until the facts change we will continue to do this. Until men are no longer our biggest safety concern – we will continue to do this.
Our lives are more important than your feelings.
FROM A SISTER….