Comment 111862

By kevinlove (registered) | Posted May 29, 2015 at 16:21:06

Rape Culture

My service in the Canadian Forces played a part (a very small part) in helping to shut down the rape camps in the Former Yugoslavia. Now that really was a “rape culture.”

Here is one suggestion: Overblown generalizations are really not very helpful. It is better to look at specific problems. For example, there is considerable evidence that sexual groping on packed public transit vehicles is a very real problem in Hamilton today. I strongly suspect that I am not the only commentator here that has personally seen suspicious “accidental” bodily contact that occurred when a packed bus lurched over a pothole.

Another real issue is crappy cycling infrastructure that is unprotected so that only a small minority of users are women. With consistent polling data showing that the missing women have been terrorized off the streets by the traffic violence of car drivers.

These are two very specific examples of local Hamilton issues of violence against women that systematically blight the lives of women in Hamilton. It does not have to be this way. In The Netherlands, transportation systems are a tool of women’s emancipation and freedom. We can be the same.

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