A viral thread on Twitter that asks what women would do if there was a 9pm curfew for men at night, is heartbreaking

A woman out and about at night.
A woman out and about at night.

Viral social media threads can be sweet because they show parts of humanity that we so desperately need to see. 

Like the #ShareYourRejections hashtag (still one of my favourites) designed to encourage people to keep chasing their dreams no matter what. Or the thread of viral compliments which was meant to insult women for simply being nice to other women but became uplifting when women turned the tables on the original poster by complimenting other women.

When we see threads like these, we’re reminded that there’s a collective group of people that believe in showing us the better side of humanity. 

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Of course, social media has also become a strong tool for advocacy and for highlighting through strong posts or viral threads, gaps in society that still need addressing.

Sometimes, the different platforms emphasise disheartening circumstances about society that we already know.

Like the fact that a lot of women don’t feel safe going anywhere. And that they feel even less safe at night.

According to Nylon.com, a recent thread started by civil rights and trans activist Danielle Muscato poses the following question: “What would you do if men had a 9pm curfew?”

And the responses to it are so telling. 

From women who want to be able to jog at night and wear headphones while doing so, to women who simply want to go to a bar and enjoy a drink on her own (without being picked up or being worried that their drinks will be spiked), the thread brought home the fact that women feel the onus is on them to ensure that they never place themselves in situations that could lead to them being in danger.

This reader who just wants to enjoy a cup of coffee in peace

And this woman who just wants to walk to places without being catcalled

Imagine being able to book places without worrying about how safe they are?

Or maybe even being up for a run at night or walking home from work - fearlessly?

We should add that this is a hypothetical question that was posed. In no way has the original poster or am I proposing that there should be one. So many of the responses in the entire thread has had some people complaining that it is #notallmen responsible for this fear.

They are missing the point.

We know this. And a lot of men understand this too, and don't feel the need to defend it. 

The fact that we have to point this out to pander and remind those who are complaining, that it’s not attack on you, is also just another reminder that there’s still very little understanding from SOME men about the visceral fear that women experience. And incidents they've had to endure.

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