Tess of the D’urbervilles

I have never sobbed over a show or film as hard as I did over Tess of the D’urbervilles. For those who don’t know, it is a social commentary on Protestant England over 100 years ago. She was raped, and instead of punishing the rapist, all of society punished her instead. I don’t feel that I need a spoiler warning on this, as this novel has been out since the 1860s.

Sounds like a good historical fiction, right? Sounds like something that would never happen again, right? Especially not in the western world? Especially not to myself.

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All over the western world, women are told to shut up about getting raped if it is by a Muslim. Saying that we didn’t quite enjoy being raped is dismissed as hysterical right wing nut job propaganda and Islamophobic. The cops don’t care. They came to my house about ten times, no arrests, no deportations. He was made to attend a class on domestic abuse, quit, and is not on probation anymore.

Complaining about it has resulted in me receiving further threats of violence, such as more rape, acid attacks, and FGM. A man who had a crush on me got threatened with a beheading.

Western men are barely tolerated in discussing these rapists. Tommy Robinson and Peter Sweden are two of the top speakers on this subject. But where are women’s voices on this subject? After all, we’re the ones being victimized.

I know that I, for one, will never be silent on this subject.

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