I’m so sorry you had to endure this violent harassment. Thank you for sharing your experience. Your piece is very thought provoking and well written!
Discourse surrounding this topic is so significant because many people still truly believe that when women are in control of their own sexual power, they are objectifying themselves. But we never talk about how men will objectify women no matter what they’re wearing. Because that’s the normalized behavior. It’s so ridiculously backwards and misogynistic.
Women: You’re going to be criticized for any decision no matter what you do or who you consider. No point in stressing over that! Just do what you want! Live your life.