“When I was a freshman, my sister was in eighth grade. There was a boy in two of her periods who would ask her out every single day. (Third and seventh period, if I remember correctly.) All day during third and seventh she would repeatedly tell him no. She didn’t beat around the bush, she didn’t lie and say she was taken–she just said no.
One day, in third period, after being rejected several times, he said; “I have a gun in my locker. If you don’t say yes, I am going to shoot you in seventh.”
She refused again, but right after class she went to the principal’s office and told them what happened. They searched his locker and there was a gun in his backpack.
When he was arrested, some of my sister’s friends (some female, even) told her that she was selfish for saying no so many times. That because of her, the entire school was in jeopardy. That it wouldn’t have killed her to say yes and give it a try, but because she was so mean to him, he lost his temper. Many of her male friends said it was ‘girls like her’ that made all women seem like cock-teases.
Wouldn’t have killed her to say yes? If a man is willing to shoot someone for saying no, what happens to the poor soul who says yes? What happens the first time they disagree? What happens the first time she says she doesn’t want to have sex? That she isn’t in the mood? When they break up?
Years later, when I was a senior, I was the only girl in my Criminal Justice class. The teacher, who used to be a sergeant in the police force, told us a story of something that had happened to a girl he knew when she was in high school. There was a guy who obviously had a crush on her and he made her uncomfortable. One day he finally gathered up the courage to ask her out, and she said no.
The next day, during an assembly, he pulled a gun on her in front of everyone and threatened to kill her if she didn’t date him.
He was tackled to the ground and the gun was taken from him.
When my teacher asked the class who was at fault for the crime, I was the only person who said the boy was. All the other kids in the class (who were all boys) said that the girl was, that if she had said yes he would’ve never lost it and brought a gun and tried to kill her. When my teacher said that they were wrong and that this is what is wrong with society, that whenever a white boy commits a crime it’s someone else’s fault (music, television, video games, the victim) one boy raised his hand and literally said; 'But if someone were to punch me and I punched him back, who is at fault for the fight? He is, not me. It’s self-defence. She started it, so anything that happens to her is in reaction to her actions .It’s simple cause and effect.’
Even though he spent the rest of the class period ripping into the boys and saying that you are always responsible for your own actions, and that women are allowed to say no and do not have to date them, they left class laughing about how idiotic he was and that he clearly had no idea how much it hurt to be rejected.
This isn’t something that’s rare. This isn’t something that never happens, or that a select group of men feel as if they are so entitled to women that saying no is not only the worst possible thing a woman can do, but is considered a form of “defence” when they commit a crime upon them (whether it be rape or murder-as-a-reaction-towards-rejection).
Girls are being killed for saying no to prom invites. Girls are being killed for saying no to men. They are creating an atmosphere where women are too scared to say no, and the worst part is? They are doing it intentionally. They want society to be that way, they want women to say yes entirely out of fear. Even the boys and men who aren’t showing up to schools with guns are saying; 'Well, you know, I wouldn’t do that, but you have to admit that if she had just said yes…’
If you are a man and you defend this guys’ actions or try to find an excuse for it, or you denounce what really happened, or in any way lay blame on women, every girl you know, every woman you love, has just now thought to themselves that you might lose your shit and kill them someday for saying no. You have just lost their trust. And you know what? You deserve to lose it.” —vampmissedith
watercolor by Marcos Beccari
from an original photograph by Jefferson Ramos [ jeh182 ] (model: Luisa Fontan)
He justified his sexual harassment against a minor with the first excuse being “Maggie and I were in a relationship at the time.” In other words, “It’s okay to not have since she was my girlfriend. There is always consent when your’e in relationship.” HOW ARE PEOPLE STILL DEFENDING HIM NOT ONLY DID HE DO SOMETHING UNFORGIVABLE HE ALSO BACKED UP EVERY ASSHOLE WHO THINKS THAT CONSENT IS NOT REQUIRED IN A RELATIONSHIP.
Also, don’t you ever tell me someone so talentless like Carter Reynolds saved your life. He did nothing but posted vines, and yes he is different from those who started on vine such as Shawn and the Jacks actually did something with their lives unlike this idiot who guilt trips his loyal fans into doing their homework, Homework. Like come on.
Finally, you have teenage girls worshipping you and this is how you treat them?
This boy is nothing but a predator and the fact that mindless zombie fangirls are defending him is so disgusting like what are you doing. NO one should be made to feel like these fans. He literally uses his fame to exploit young girls and ask them for nudes and people are too blinded by his vine loop count and his millions of followers on social media to see it.
PS. STOP SLUT SHAMING MAGGIE SHE DID NOTHING WRONG SHE WAS INTOXICATED AND CLEARLY SAID SHE WAS UNCOMFORTABLE. STOP SLUT SHAMING. STOP VICTIM SHAMING. THE VICTIM IS NEVER TO BLAME.
I am not bashing anyone who chooses to support Carter, just please be careful about who you idolise