Of late I am seeing videos and posts about how men ought to protect women, how protecting women is religion etc. An example video is below.
The worrying part of messages like these is that they portray perpetrators, men and religion, as saviours, and women as vulnerable beings who need protection. But that vulnerability, a kind of oppression, imposed on the women from the outside by the societies. Before saying ‘men should protect women’, we should understand who has made them vulnerable. Then, instead of saying “Men should protect women”, we will say, “Religions – stop oppressing women!” and “Men should stop being assholes!”