You’re never too young to learn that, as a woman, challenging the status quo (even if said quo seems outrageous and worthy of challenge) is a dangerous thing, not just politically or economically or socially but physically. And those that threaten you will never hesitate to remind you that you can be raped.
Also, there’s this:
The 16-year-old from Cherry Hill says several commenters have called her a “whore.”
It’s such useful language when trying to attack a teenage girl – she asserts her intellect, people respond by making charges about her sexual purity, AS IF THOSE TWO THINGS ARE LINKED IN ANY WAY EXCEPT THAT SHE IS FEMALE.
I hope this doesn’t make her scared to assert herself in the future. I hope this doesn’t affect other young girls when they want to take a stand. But I’m also not naive.