When I read about a new just-between-us-girls video game yesterday, I was going to file it under the standard "wow, liberals are so violent - no wonder they don't want anyone to have guns" category and leave it at that.
Until I clicked through to a blog written by a young female gamer, who lives in NYC. This sort of street corner harassment is part of her daily existence - she feels she has to alter her routine to avoid being leered at by strangers, she feels she can't wear a cute dress for fear of being subjected to lewd comments, she won't walk in certain areas at night. She feels it "takes her power away." She feels "unsafe."
She also feels that this kind of game is an appropriate catharsis for her rage. Aren't feminists supposed to be anti-gun?
Anyway, what struck me the most was how easily everyone (author & commenters both) acknowledged and accepted that this way of life was just "part and parcel of living in a big city" - cities that are usually the bright blue liberal strongholds on any political map of the United States. Cities where women are empowered, men are sensitive, and gun control is heavy...cities so much more evolved than that backwards flyover country filled with those gun-totin' Neanderthal rednecks, right?