When a woman asked online community members what they would do if men had a curfew every night, she never expected the thousands of responses she received—most of them were chilling!
In 2018, Danielle Muscato, the host behind The #Resist Podcast posed a question that got many people talking. She asked women what they would do differently if every man in the world had a 9 pm curfew.
The tweet was shared thousands of times, and women from all walks of life jumped in to share their thoughts and answer the question presented by Muscato.
A response to a viral tweet about what women would do differently if men had a 9pm curfew | Photo: Shutterstock & Twitter/DanielleMuscato
An array of women outlined how different life would be if they were not constantly concerned about their safety at night. One user imagined what life would look like if all men were indoors after dark.
"I would walk to my car with my keys in my purse and not spread between my fingers as a potential weapon. I would listen to music on headphones, as I strolled and admired the lit street lamps ..."
NO NEED TO LOOK AROUND
Women also shared sentiments about not having to worry about their safety. One said: "Imagine being able to look at stars in a really dark place ... And look up instead of around you."
Muscato's thought-provoking question demonstrated that many women share a universal fear.
Another woman added a list of ways that her evening would be different. She expressed: "So many things. I wouldn’t feel scared walking home alone after a late class. I would be able to grab drinks with girlfriends without someone interrupting us."
Some women mentioned that they would partake in their usual everyday activities like jogging or grocery shopping. One woman shared that she would love to go to the shops at night because the queues would be shorter.
However, she explained that she was too scared to do any shopping at night because she feared walking through the parking lot. One woman added that she merely wanted to enjoy spending some time in a quiet park without any looming threats.
MEN ADDED THEIR OPINIONS
Men were also quick to add their voices to the discussion. Some shared that they felt "horrible" about the condition of the world, while others added supportive comments like this: "Dear Women, I am so sorry."
However, some users questioned the tweet. A male netizen stated that it was unfair to assume all men needed a curfew. He added: "Not all men treat women bad, though. I'm a 27-year-old man, and I have always treated women with respect."
THE GOAL BEHIND THE QUESTION
Regardless of some negative commentary, Muscato told The Daily Dot that the post achieved its goal. She wanted to start a conversation about how different the world is for women—and she did.
Muscato expressed: “A number of people really seemed genuinely shocked at the kinds of mental exhaustion women have to endure every day just navigating our lives.”
THRILLED TO SEE MEN ADDRESSING THE ISSUE
While some people questioned Muscato and the thousands of other women who relayed their personal experiences and safety concerns, the comment area was filled with an array of men interested in the discussion.
The replies from women were difficult to ignore, and Muscato was "thrilled" to see so many men attempting to understand and "address their privilege." Muscato's thought-provoking question demonstrated that many women share a universal fear—that they will become a vulnerable target after dark.