That WAS the subtitle of the article, so perhaps it’s time for you to stop pushing that stereotype that women only care about men for what they can get from them. Because even if that were factually true (which it’s not), it’s not the flip side of the actual violence and harm that is done to women on a regular basis. It’s not a stereotype that half of all women who are murdered are killed by current or former domestic partners; that the biggest cause of injury for women 14–55 is domestic abuse, that most girls are sexually objectified, groped or followed by harassing men in public spaces by the time they are 17 years old (and it happens even earlier for many — like 10 or 11). These are all actual statistics and not stereotypes. No one is saying that all men do these things. We are just asking for it to be seen and understood that these are the realities of women’s lives and we are asking for assistance from the “good guys” to help bring this to a better place rather than being defensive about it. The UN estimates that one billion women (1/3 of the world population of females) will be beaten or raped in their lifetime. That’s not a sterotype — it’s a horrendous reality that should be taken on by anyone with half a heart as an unacceptable state of things that needs to be addressed.

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