12 Things Men Can Do That Women Can’t

Posted by Jamie Vos in Facts and DIY On 28th January 2016

Get drunk or leave drinks unattended without having to be “cautious”.

1. Reject a member of the opposite sex without being in danger.

According to Detroit police, a man shot and killed Mary Spears, 27, after she rejected his advances in October. She was a mother to three children.

Last year, Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was raped and killed for rejecting the sexual advances of Seth Mazzaglia.

For rejecting a drink being bought for her by a man in South Carolina, a woman had a bowling ball thrown at her head.

In fact, there is a Tumblr called When Women Refuse that is dedicated to documenting real-life occurrences of what happens when a woman rejects a man.

2. Legally drive a car.

In Saudi Arabia, women are banned from driving a car. Over the past two years, women have defied that ban and published videos and photos of themselves driving cars as part of the #Women2Drive campaign.

3. Play sport.

According to local press in New Zealand earlier this year, a woman was banned from playing in a Southland-wide club rugby competition.

It was only after national outrage that an 11-year-old football player who was kicked off her local Catholic Youth Organisation football team because she was a girl was allowed to play again.

Dutee Chand, a teen from India, was banned from the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games because she had hyperandrogenism, which is the presence of high levels of testosterone in the body. She is currently fighting the ban in court.

But it's not just women who have restrictions against playing sport: There are laws against women enjoying sport too. Iranian women are banned from entering sports stadiums. Recently, Ghoncheh Ghavami and fellow protesters were arrested for demanding to be allowed into a stadium in Tehran.

4. Walk down the street without the fear of being catcalled, harassed, or in danger.

Whether it's walking around your neighborhood at night, with headphones in, or even just being on your own, there is always a fear of being harassed.

Earlier this year, Stop Street Harassment commissioned a 2,000-person survey in the US that found 65% of all women had experienced street harassment: "23% of them having been sexually touched, 20% had been followed, and 9% had been forced to do something sexual."

A survey conducted by End Violence Against Women Coalition revealed that 43% of young women in London (aged 18-34) experienced sexual harassment in public spaces in 2012. These are just a few examples of studies that reveal the true extent of street harassment.

Meanwhile, the Stop Telling Women To Smile project is addressing gender-based street harassment with awesome posters.

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