An author has taken to Twitter to create the perfect analogy of how women have been made to deal with sexual assault, and the result is both powerful and tragic...
Author A.R. Moxon has recently taken to Twitter to invite men of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes to take part in his empathy test.In the series of Tweets that follow, he created an analogy in which he addresses women's experience with violence and sexual assault in a way men could understand... Getting "kicked in the nuts."
It might sound silly, but his intentions behind the test are apparent from the very first post...
Hi, guys. Imagine if one day you got kicked in the nuts, really hard, on purpose. You doubled over. Felt the pain… https://t.co/x07N9Zg0uK— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828103.0
Imagine it happened to you when you were 12. Imagine it was an 38 year old woman who did it. Imagine it was your m… https://t.co/jxEqbucEtE— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828116.0
Imagine you told your parents and they didn’t believe you. Imagine they never mentioned it again. You learned to ke… https://t.co/NkCOLVnhPE— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828133.0
Imagine that later your father explained that women just wanted to kick men in the nuts, so as a boy you had to be… https://t.co/smLBGaeAUZ— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828160.0
Imagine you became aware that women, including much older women—even elderly women—were always looking at your nuts… https://t.co/KbMIsF5SDp— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828186.0
Imagine you started wearing clothes to hide them. You bought uncomfortable protective gear. All the posters and ad… https://t.co/E8b8nGwb6m— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828219.0
Imagine most of your friends all told you about getting kicked in the nuts. Imagine none of them had ever told any… https://t.co/cY9QxSXkEg— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828256.0
Imagine you went to church and were told that God made girls to want your body, so you should protect your nuts at… https://t.co/3CVQYnXwdo— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828275.0
Imagine you found a girlfriend, and you loved each other. One night, you were fooling around and she kicked you as… https://t.co/LfwJfGknqD— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828324.0
Imagine you told the police, and they asked you what you’d been wearing before she kicked you in the nuts. Asked if… https://t.co/k83oMgLHMh— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828350.0
Imagine there were laws that said that if a wife kicked her husband in the nuts it wasn’t assault. Imagine you hea… https://t.co/im234hHPqs— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828404.0
Imagine a girl was caught kicking a boy repeatedly in the nuts while he was passed out drunk. Imagine the judge le… https://t.co/B2pccvTBC2— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828439.0
Imagine if one day men all started talking about how almost all of them had, at one point or another, been kicked i… https://t.co/MGmdRLQYoT— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828464.0
Imagine a woman ran for President. Imagine audio came out of her bragging about making it a regular practice to ki… https://t.co/IeF6LsYN0z— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828516.0
Imagine she claimed the men accusing her were lying. Imagine she said they were too ugly to kick. Imagine there h… https://t.co/hJej0Bmfu2— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828572.0
Imagine she supported a Senate candidate known for kicking young boys in the testicles. Imagine she nominated a ju… https://t.co/sK790ivFlr— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828602.0
Imagine the man who had been kicked testified, providing sworn testimony. Imagine the judge gave an vindictive ran… https://t.co/NwG3aNiWht— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828665.0
Imagine the President mocked the accuser in font of a crowd, and the crowd laughed and clapped. Imagine the judge… https://t.co/TDxCWj76CF— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828708.0
Now imagine that being kicked in the nuts might result in you having to create, in your body, a genetic replication… https://t.co/S5R5QgTzFb— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828738.0
I can't imagine women's rage today, but this exercise, while abstract, helped me get nearer to it than I'd been. B… https://t.co/jJqwMz3SmA— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538828860.0
Moxon said that his analogy might not be perfect, and has received both positive and negative feedback since posting.
“I chose nut-kicking because there isn’t a man alive that doesn’t understand exactly what a nut-shot is, and, with very few exceptions, none who would ever want it or seek it out or go out ‘asking’ for it," he explained. “Most importantly, no man confuses getting kicked in the nuts with sex. It’s very clearly violence, even though it involves sex organs. The idea of growing up in a society where getting hoofed in the balls is normalized behavior, systematically if tacitly allowed by a complicit society, and frequently confused with a pleasurable activity like sex, would rightfully be horrifying to any guy."
@JuliusGoat It is threads like this that make you one of my favorite people on twitter. Thank you.— Mama Bruja Wears a Mask 😷🦉⚖️ (@Mama Bruja Wears a Mask 😷🦉⚖️)1538829492.0
“The Kavanaugh confirmation proves once again that one of the primary drivers of our society right now is normalized abuse and enablement of abuse," Moxon added. “In such a society, the telling of wrong is itself seen as the wrong. It’s unutterably sad. It’s why the country has a bully with the mind of a cruel child as president, supported by power, cheered by crowds." His story is both powerful and haunting, and sadly, so important right now.
@JuliusGoat This is the best analogy of the American female situation I have ever seen on Twitter..thank you! This means a lot to us all..— Texas Dem Girl (@Texas Dem Girl)1538908618.0