I’ve always been inclined to look at the big picture, so to speak. I’ll argue over the small issues but I’m always thinking about how they fit into the larger scheme of things. When I think about social issues surrounding sex and violence, I am equally disturbed by the ways we, as a culture, deal with both violence and sex. Sometimes it feels like I’m seeing things that others are somehow missing (either that or I’m crazy).
What would happen if we ditched the blame game? Threw out man-bashing and slut-shaming, and instead worked towards actually preventing rape?
What if we taught our daughters to love and respect their bodies and we taught our sons to respect the bodies of others?
What if we stopped forcing the feminine beauty ideal upon young girls and instead promoted higher self-esteem?
What if we admitted that media can and does affect how we perceive the world, for better or for worse?
What if we looked at mass killings and considered gender? Or guns as the weapon of choice? What if we asked why violence is so prevalent in our culture?
What would happen if we actually questioned our values and the means by which we live them out? What if we stopped fearing change and took steps to make things better?
I don’t know all of the answers, but I do know that it is of critical importance for us to ask ourselves questions like these. Just because things are a certain way, it doesn’t mean that they should be.