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Things We Saw Today: Women Share What They Would Do If Men Were Banned From Being Outside at Night

woman walking alone at night

Civil rights activist Danielle Muscato recently posited an interesting hypothetical on Twitter: What would you (meaning women & non-binary) do if all men had a 9pm curfew? This is clearly a fantasy hypothetical, not the first stages of a planning meeting, so while there were some men in the replies snarking at the enforceability of such a curfew or its impact on the workforce, etc, etc, they’re easy to ignore. The much more interesting–and upsetting–conversation was in the women answering genuinely.

The heartbreaking thing about this thread is how mundane the answers are. Women largely just want the freedom to exist in the world, in public spaces, on their own streets and sometimes just in their own beds, without fear. Yes, of course men are victims of violence too, but if asked the same question–what they would do if they could be guaranteed an evening without that threat–I doubt their answers would be as simple as “take a walk.” That’s the difference.

You can read through more replies on Twitter.

Rabbit, rabbit, Mary Suevians! What did you all see out there today?

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.