Ever heard the phrase "walk a mile in someone else's shoes?" Well, that is just what one Twitter user did, shown through a winding viral thread. Sexual assault is a hot-button issue right now, especially with the Supreme Court turmoil that just occurred. And while sexual assault shouldn't be political, it is, so you can imagine why this thread seemed to strike a chord with many of its readers.
If you're a woman, chances are you know very well what this man is about to describe. Only, he does so in a way that many men can relate to. That's not to say there aren't plenty of male survivors of assault. But if you're someone who has never experienced wandering eyes, hurtful names, disbelief by others, or any other pivotal moment this thread talks about, then it is a very important read. So scroll down, and grab a pair of walking shoes!
Here’s how the thread starts:
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
And this comparison is a sadly familiar one for women.
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
Living in fear is hardly living.
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
And how frustrating is this?
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
Catcalling needs to stop.
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
And objectification is clearly the worst.
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
Some things shouldn’t be a joke.
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
There are limited options to get support.
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
When you're supposed to be able to trust your family, but you can't.
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
What you’re wearing is NEVER the problem.
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
It hurts to know that even the law isn’t on your side.
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
Don’t worry about the perpetrator. You should worry about the survivor.
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
Gosh, it's so difficult to imagine!
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
And here’s the kicker (the 2016 Presidential election):
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
Something doesn’t seem right here.
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
And now we come to the parallel for Bret Kavanaugh’s nomination.
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
Everyone agreed that Dr. Blasey Ford was ‘credible.’
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
How low can a person go?
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
Kavanaugh was confirmed despite the allegations.
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
For the writer, at least, this Twitter thread facilitated understanding.
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
This is insane:
By the way it's 100% insane that this issue seems to require an analogy to draw a sharper focus on how wrong our so… https://t.co/ZXyyRNpBvG— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538830491.0
Other Twitter users responded to the thread:
@realsaramerica I mean ... god. It's just so much wrong.— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1538829337.0
There are some cases where a kick is called for.
@JuliusGoat I DID kick a boy in the nuts in 5th grade, because he wouldn’t leave me alone. Off of school grounds. H… https://t.co/Ul1HJ8JHVr— Maggie Payne (@Maggie Payne)1539111461.0
Many can relate to the thread.
@JuliusGoat If you’re a member of the disability community, POC, First People, LGBTQ, living in countries without g… https://t.co/AoxjbG9yFW— liveoakgirl (@liveoakgirl)1538848041.0
But there’s always the few that still will not understand it, even if many others do.
@JuliusGoat Thank you for this thread. So, so much. And yet even with this analogy there are still men who will rea… https://t.co/IPgnR7Wd5R— Zrile 👩🎤 (@Zrile 👩🎤)1539103570.0
Empathy is an important thing.
@JuliusGoat Thank you for this. It makes up in small part for that woman who got in my face at a protest today yel… https://t.co/MeYq7FTn6X— MC Frye (@MC Frye)1539068539.0
One Twitter user brought up another point to add to the thread.
@JuliusGoat What if, in most cultures, having un-kicked nuts was the greatest sign of virtue and your future prospe… https://t.co/l8z1dTXxad— Leanne (@Leanne)1539130202.0
Imagine what you would do in this scenario.
@JuliusGoat Imagine you knew that any woman, regardless of age or status, at any time of the day or night, whether… https://t.co/7d1bQ4ZceW— Thetimeisnow⏳💙 (@Thetimeisnow⏳💙)1539167887.0
At least the point can get across!Let's hope this analogy resonates with others!
All in all, a pretty outstanding thread.
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