(Originally posted to the Community section at MyMedia)
Scenario: a woman is walking out of a building toward her car when a man grabs her from behind and lifts her off her feet.
After a couple of seconds of paralyzed surprise, the woman elbows the man in the face and frees herself. As she turns around, yelling “who the fuck are you?” the man in question–a stranger to her–runs off.
Would you consider her reaction outrageous?
Would you call her behaviour after being attacked–and yes, grabbing someone from behind and lifting them off their feet, is an attack–unladylike, unbecoming, too aggressive, ‘not model’ behaviour?
Well, it so happens this scenario is not made up.
Not only have millions of women around the world experienced this, as a prelude to being robbed, raped, beaten and more. And here we have just one example, caught on camera:
And you know what’s amazing about this?
A number of media outlets upbraided Miss Hadid for defending herself. In fact, The Sun had the nerve to publish a piece titled “Not Model Behaviour” (after social media outrage, this was changed).
And so, after being physically attacked by an asshat, Miss Hadid had to defend herself from the media.
This, in case anyone is wondering, is what pervasive, internalized sexism looks like: shame a woman for defending herself.
Instead of, you know, telling the women in your life that they have every right to their bodies, their personal space, their dignity, and their choices.