First, we are grateful for all the work law enforcement does to try and get criminals off the streets.
Second, the education of the public is a clear first step and many folks do not listen to radio, read papers, and talk of such things, so i do indeed meet people who do not know about the
Face each day.
By WE i mean primarily women--young women, older women, very old women. Women who dress like nuns and
women who dress like joggers and women
who dress like me and women who dress like
your mother and your sister and your daughter.
Women who have had a beer, women who have had four beers, teetotalers, Women who have been Given a Drug to make them groggy and forgetful.
(Women who are virgins,
women who have children, women who are partenered or married or chaste or active,
women who trust and are kind to strangers.)
very cute and precocious children,
well-trained children, mean disobedient children,
boy and girl children.
Every day i am aware of the Loss of Freedom We endure because we do not want to be Assaulted by Men of our Own Species. We do not want to be kidnapped or held down for a minute or an hour or a day.
We do not want diseases and cuts and bruises.
We do not want another person to belittle and hurt and taunt us, and steal inner things that belong to no one else but us.
We do not want anything rammed into our bodies anywhere.
We are assaulted anyway.
Can we talk about this?
(Someone always suggests that Perhaps
males must Stay In after 8 and are not allowed to Walk Alone during the day in secluded places. this suggestion provokes a group chuckle, then silence
the actual daydreamy thought of living
safe freedom in our own space and time--of living without fear--shocks us in its absence.