Many of you will probably have seen these two things already as they have been all over Twitter, but for those of you who are tweet-free here’s what you missed.
One of the things that came out of International Women’s Day was a Twitter meme in which women recounted tales of casual sexism to which they had been subjected. So much material came in that Linda Grant, who accidentally started the meme, has collected the most egregious examples. There’s more information about it in an article she wrote for The Guardian yesterday.
I managed to miss the whole thing, but had I not done so the example I would have given was one evening when Kevin and I had gone out for dinner in Mountain View (one of the small towns in Silicon Valley). When the bill came I gave the waiter my credit card, which had my name on it. When he came back with the chit to be signed he gave it (and the card) to Kevin.
The other Twitter meme of note from the last few days is #ididntreport, in which women talk about sexual assaults to which they have been subjected, and which they have not reported as crimes for various reasons (including because the assault was either perpetrated by or watched by a policeman). Naturally this meme was immediately invaded by idiot trolls claiming that women deserve to be raped.
Thankfully, beyond the inevitable abuse from young men in cars (because in order to get up the courage to shout at women, men have to be in a group and able to get away quickly), I have nothing to report. I can’t say what I’d do if I did, but probably I’d say nothing. As a trans person you always have to weigh up the risks of interacting with the authorities, the end result of which can often be far worse than the thing you wanted to complain about. UK police forces do now have specialist LGBT units, but I live in a small, rural town and don’t fancy my chances.