||[Mar. 22nd, 2007|08:23 am]
Ok, so I'm pretty sure it's national news, and there's people who will probably do a much better job of talking about it than I do but I just wanted to share my thought on this video and story about the bartender being beaten up by an off-duty police officer.
First I would like to point out that I am certainly a product of growing up smack in the middle of third-wave feminism. I learned at an early age to watch my surroundings and learned even more as a grew up, prop your hotel door and check to make sure there's no one in the room, carry your keys like a weapon after dark, never let your drunk friend go home with a cute random guy especially if no one can vouch for him. We've all been taught to avoid being a victim in so many ways.
The girl in the video is honestly just doing her job, trying to difuse an argument between two patrons and she gets beaten on. Now granted, she does get up and walk away, quite quickly, so she probably wasn't hurt that badly, but still it's different to know that it happens and to see it happen. I know that there are women who need emergency medical attention after encounters like this, so I guess she was lucky that people eventually said something about it and came to her defense. I also know that had she been a man the result would have been the same, this guy was going to beat on whoever looked at him funny. It just brings home the idea that I'm smaller than so many people out there, and so many of those people I've never met and can't vouch for their sanity.
It really upsets me, and makes me want to go to Tae Kwon Do class as quickly as I possibly can!
If you haven't seen the full video you can see it here: