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Angry at the idea of ​​a curfew for men? Think of all the ways women are told to adapt | Women


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From curfews to criminalizing ejaculation: it’s time to regulate men

Should men be allowed out after 6pm? Probably not, a A couple from the green party have said. Introducing a curfew for men “would make women much safer,” Baroness Jenny Jones argued in Britain’s House of Lords on Wednesday, following the horrific suspicion of the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard. .

As you can imagine, a large number of men (and a few women) soon broke down at this suggestion. Nigel Farage tweeted that he was an example of the “deranged” left. Meanwhile, Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Prime Minister, described the idea of ​​a male curfew as ‘a sad distraction when what is needed is a proper discussion of women’s safety and why a man kills a woman every three days in the UK’.

Guys, calm down please; Let’s not get hysterical here. No one seriously believes that a curfew for men is a good idea. Especially since almost one in three women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime and women are much more likely to be killed by a partner than by a stranger, so it’s not like keeping men at home. the house after 6:00 p.m. M. I would make women safe. . Jones was doing this little thing called pointing out double standards. As Jones later clarified (and it’s quite depressing that he had to clarify this), his comments were not a serious political proposition. Rather, they were a response to the fact that the London police have informed women “don’t go out alone“After Everard disappeared, and no one appeared”blink”.

We are used to women’s freedoms and women’s bodies being debated. We are used to women being told to modify our behavior in reaction to male violence. Women may not be under a formal curfew, but only disgusting to blame the victim He continued with Sarah Everard to see that we are under a casual. Why did you leave at 9?.30 at night? Why was he walking home instead of taking a taxi? What did she expect? Our freedom of movement after dark may not be restricted by the government, but we often don’t have the freedom to fully relax. We regulate our behavior automatically; We keep our keys in our hands, we stay on high alert, we pay extra to take a taxi because we worry about walking home. Street bullying is so common that we dismiss it as “nothing”; after all, it’s not like there’s anything we can do about it anyway. As a recent letter to The Guardian noted, “You can be fined for littering in the UK, but not for harassing a woman or girl in public.”

Women’s bodies are public property in a way that men’s bodies are not. Our rights are debated in a way that men’s rights are not. This week, Arkansas banned nearly all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest. One imagines that many people of the same type who think that the government should be able to force a woman to carry her rapist’s child in her body for nine months would resist the idea of ​​the government telling a man not to can go out. night.

Surveillance, both formal and informal, of female bodies is so standardized that, as Jones pointed out, we often no longer “weigh” ourselves. Unless, of course, those same standards apply to men. Jones isn’t the first legislator to try to turn the tables to make a point; In 2018, a Georgia lawmaker responded to a new restrictive abortion law with a “Declaration of testicular rights”Proposing, among other things, that men obtain permission from their sexual partners before obtaining drugs for erectile dysfunction. In 2012 a group of six legislators similarly proposed bills regulating men’s access to reproductive health. A suggestion? “Any action in which a man ejaculates or deposits semen anywhere other than the woman’s vagina will be construed and construed as an action against a fetus.”

I don’t think the idea of ​​a male curfew is a “distraction” at all. Rather, I think men who are so outraged by the concept should take a moment and think about how outrageous the surveillance of female bodies is. If you are angry at the idea of ​​a male curfew, perhaps you should think critically about why you are not so angry at all the ways women are told to adapt their behavior in response to male violence.

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