Before I sat down to write this week’s blog post, I was just out running some errands and it had gotten dark by the time I got home. I pulled into the parking lot behind Bull Run to park my car, and as soon as I got out, an older man appeared out of nowhere (or so it seemed) and immediately started walking in my direction. I turned and headed towards my house and as he got closer, I caught myself walking faster and faster until I got into my house and then immediately locked the door. So, now that I am sitting here and thinking about it, this type of situation happens often and every time it does occur, I know I definitely speed up if a man is following me and I have no idea who it is. So, why do I do this? On the one hand, it seems silly because most likely, these men have no intentions of harming me or anyone else. But on the other hand, what if it was one man’s intention to harm me or someone else? When I’m in the situation, I find myself believing the second point more so than the first every time because this scenario is the one that is in the media and is used in the entertainment industry over and over again.
When you think about it, there are countless movies and TV shows that often depict a man attacking a woman, but not so much the other way around. Furthermore, this situation of a woman walking in the dark and having a man follow her and cause harm to her is often exploited in the media and used in scenes in the entertainment industry over and over again. But why? In violent situations between a man and a woman, it seems as though the media almost always points the finger and puts the blame on the male and it is he that everyone fears and dislikes. We see it portrayed in the media as domestic violence, random attacks, etc. However, we all know that this is not the case in reality at all. So, I question why the media and the entertainment industry still play into gender stereotypes and continue to put that image in everyones’ mind. I really don’t know the answer and couldn’t seem to find one, but I would be curious to see if anyone else does know or has any thoughts as to why this still happens.