I overheard a teenage girl say something at a Blockbuster that almost had me in tears. (Yes, I still use Blockbuster and yes I almost always eavesdrop on other people’s conversations.) I still can’t believe it and it’s still ringing in my ears after a week so I thought I would share it with y’all and maybe you can help me get some perspective on it.
Teenage girl: Yeah, I saw that movie, there is a rape scene in it but the girl who was getting raped was ugly so it was just gross.
I literally felt as if the Earth dropped out from under me when I heard her say that. WHAT. THE. FUCK. Would the rape scene not be gross if the actress had been pretty?? Rape is always gross, it is always demeaning, it is always horrifying, and never under any circumstances no matter how pretty or ugly the girl is, is rape acceptable. NEVER. I am utterly and completely horrified at her attitude. I don’t have the words, I just don’t have the words to adequately express my shock and dismay at hearing a teenage girl say something like that. Later, when her words were replaying in my head, I got a bit teary. Teary because her words made me angry, and sad, and frustrated, and I felt helpless. Helpless because how do you even begin to make a someone who says things like that understand how wrong, how absolutely wrong they are? How do you make them understand?
I don’t know. Do you?