Though I’m generally not all that impressed by the Liberal Party, I do like Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. I think she’s on the right track with several things. The new changes to the sex-ed curriculum are a good start (but just a start) to dealing the issues of sexuality in our society. I was pleased to see there was a video to go with it.
And then I watched the video.
Well. I guess we’re still back in the 60s, and the last 50 years have all been a dream.
Even if you still (still?) subscribe to the theory that there are only two genders, you should be annoyed by this video.
- It is estimated that one in ten adult men have been sexually assaulted, the majority of perpetrators being heterosexual men. (Isely & Hehrenbech-Shim, 1997; Scarce, 1997.)
- One in four women and one in ten men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. (Saskatchewan Women’s Secretariat.)
- 32% of men with developmental disabilities… had been sexually assaulted.
- in 2001, 3% of spousal sexual violence cases were against men; “This amounts to an estimated… 14,000 men who were sexually assaulted by a spousal partner over the 5 year period preceding the study.”
Should you understand that there are actually more than two genders, you might be interested in this: AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC says, “Statistics for trans* folks and men are almost non-existent due the barriers when reporting assaults or attempting to seek help.” (I couldn’t find any relevant information from Ontario, either–a fact that didn’t really surprise me.)
And then we come to the part that society cannot wrap its mind around: all the abusers in this video are male, but that’s not the case in reality. The gentle female of the species, viewed as innocent and constantly victimised, does fling off the pink apron and assault other humans–both male and female. Again, the statistics on this are warped because of the reporting barriers.
Kathleen Wynne’s bio on the Premier’s website says, “We are working to bring people together to find common ground, because that’s what we do in Ontario.” I would think that the first “common ground” we might look at is the fact that we’re all human, and that no human enjoys being sexually assaulted.