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Risk of being groped is price I pay to be free

That some men grope women comes as no surprise to women.

I suggest two alternative solutions. Either we shroud women from head to foot in shapeless black garments, with only their eyes showing, and then, if anyone molests them, we keep them indoors, seeing no men, except for fathers and brothers.

Or we trust men and women to dress and move around as they please and exercise self-control when desire strikes them, until they know without doubt that the person to whom they are attracted is receptive.

Like other women, I have been groped by strangers, by people I scarcely know and by men who abuse their authority.

I loathe it and defend myself, but it is a price I reluctantly pay for my freedom.


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