Don’t Think She’s Just His Little Wife: 10 Times Gabrielle Union Had To Check The Patriarchy
When fellow actress Mayim Bialik said that she dressed modestly as way to protect herself from sexual assault, Union was quick to step in to remind her that attire has nothing to do with sexual assault.
“Sexual violence & harassment can happen to anyone at anytime anywhere,. Ppl remain silent 4 many different very personal reasons. Judgment, victim shaming/blaming, loss of job/$, fear of violence, retaliation. Folks are also very open and obvious about what kind of victim should be prioritized & believed. To think otherwise is to be willfully dim…In Hollywood meetings in homes, hotel lobbies/restaurants/suites, private isolated office space is the norm. NO ONE ‘ASKED FOR IT!! Sexual or physical violence, harassment, demeaning language is NOT the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period. Reminder. I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store. I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ “dress modestly” shit. Though I was raped by a stranger who raped me at gunpoint after robbing the store, I was still asked by a female “friend” what I had worn. Look around, u can EASILY see whose pain is “real/valid” & must be addressed & whose pain is tolerable, unimportant & systematically ignored.”