“At the heart of this debate and so many others is that we do not consider women’s lived experiences to be valid data.” Oh my yes, isn’t that the truth?! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said something like, “Every woman I personally know of any age or demographic has had some kind of experience with sexual violence, all the way from harassment up to rape” and been told that doesn’t count because it’s anecdotal and not from some kind of study.

Then I quote studies and get told that they aren’t relevant because they are surveys (because heaven knows we can’t trust women to accurately report on their own experiences), despite the fact that properly constructed surveys are a commonly accepted way to gather quantitative data and these studies are being done by governmental organizations whose sole job is to gather this kind of data, e.g., The Bureau of Justice Statistics.

People like this and like Damore aren’t listening, but it’s largely because they don’t want to listen.

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