Yall I am very very genuinely interested to hear your thoughts on this; the article below takes a strong NOPE stance but I... and please hear me out... don’t know about it.
This is a haunted house. Murder is scary, ghosts are scary, rape is scary. I am pretty strongly opposed to them faux raping women, because I think women live with that fear daily or have already endured it and it’s too potentially triggering. But honestly? HONESTLY? I would fucking love it if men got the opportunity to feel for even a few minutes how women feel all the time every day. To feel what it’s like to have someone’s body pressed up against you and not be in control, to feel their anger and power. To be so scared of what they’re going to do.
It’s so scary. And isn’t a haunted house where you go to be scared? What is scarier than rape? Murder certainly isn’t fucking funny at all, and yet there are ax men jumping out at you and no one has a problem with that. On the other hand - rape is a crime where the victim still lives and you aren’t going to run into a lot of murder victims touring haunted houses because, well, they’re dead. Is there something to be said that we continue to separate rape from the other list of serious crimes (i.e. it’s already treated so differently by the courts and the law and in public eye) by not allowing it to be used in the same way culturally?
But I don’t want women or victims to be hurt or triggered. And men can also be victims. Is it that we don’t expect to have rape included in the normal haunted house things? If you knew that going in in the same way you knew that a scary chainsaw guy would come at you, would it be as big a deal?
I don’t know. I truly would love to hear all of yalls thoughts, since we come from different places and experiences and backgrounds.
All I know is that when I read this, my first little thought was “GOOD. I WANT THE MEN TO KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. I WANT THEM TO KNOW HOW SCARED WE ARE ALL THE TIME”.