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    • Somehow I got drawn in to this article yesterday. It's horrifying and I lost some faith in humanity, but it is extraordinary journalism, a story that took 3 years to write. I can't imagine what it's like to live in fear of this.

    • Username, Chris,

      There is absolutely sexism towards men as well. Sure, it's not the to degree that women suffer, however it's equally as detrimental to our young developing boys.

      You're right, I can't even imagine being a Catholic Priest.

      Aside from that though, young boys are taught they have to be "strong" and that if you show emotion you are "weak". Not being able to properly express your emotions causes anger issues down the road. This also turns around and plays back into the overall sexism for women as well because women are considered the "emotional ones" instead of it just being a natural human emotion.

      I can't imagine what it must be like to be a young boy growing up being told I have to be this strong man or to "just be a man" in general.

    • Old post but I read most of the comments and felt the urge to reply.

      As a 'famale-bodied' person I've had some guys hit on me but I never told them "I have a boyfriend" unless they specifically asked me if I was single and if I did indeed have a boyfriend. I always said something like "I'm not interested" or, if the person wasn't rude, "thanks, but I'm not looking for a relationship at this time." Never have I really felt threatened by someone hitting on me either, and I actually think and have been told many times that I look quite threatening myself when I'm pissed, despite my small size.

      I think that the threat of physical violence is in people's heads most of the time (of course sometimes it's real!) If you are scared, it's natural to say "I have a boyfriend" to 'scare' someone away. If you're not, then you'll just say the truth: "I am not interested in you."