WARNING! Watch out for the warning ahead.
February 25, 2005
You know those warning emails that you get from well meaning friends and family? I just got one today that was cut off. The first lesson was that to protect yourself from rape you shouldn’t wear a ponytail. Grrr…. Here was my reply:
I couldn’t read this whole thing and please don’t forward the rest of it to me. Just like any other form of terrorism, the result of rape is that people in the group who are terrorized start to restrict their movements and their lifestyles. Don’t give in to the terrorists by bending to their will and making your world smaller and smaller. The truth is that rape is a men’s issue. No matter what lengths women go to, rape will only stop when men stop raping. Let go of fear and live your life and wear your ponytail. Damn the torpedoes. Paradoxically, when you live with confidence, you are safer.
Here was the senders reply, (ok, it was my mom.”)
Thank you for your perspective! – Often unique. Maybe I should send your note back to where I got it from? Love you, _______