Twitter user @DanielleMuscato started a viral thread this past Tuesday, September 25, that's become essential reading for every male in the world who doesn't understand the privilege that comes with their gender. In her original post, she asked the women the women of the world a simple question: "What would you do if all men had a 9pm curfew?"
Ladies, a question for you: "What would you do if all men had a 9pm curfew?" Dudes: Read the replies and pay atte… https://t.co/DCf3VBKngS— Danielle Muscato (@Danielle Muscato)1537907633.0
For many women, the premise opened up a world of possibilities.
Oh my god. The mind reels. Go dancing? Take a walk? Open the front door without fear? https://t.co/v66MM38Btf— Emily L. Hauser (@Emily L. Hauser)1538343104.0
literally don't even know what to write because there's so many things https://t.co/rPYPNk5OPu— 🦊 (@🦊)1538342616.0
Sit on the beach at night. https://t.co/MEAMr4R91I— authentiKAYLI (@authentiKAYLI)1538388526.0
Simply being able to go for a walk at night appeared on many lists.
@DanielleMuscato @DLChamplin I’d go for a walk in the dark without leaping out of my skin at little noises. Just th… https://t.co/cGLkABivkG— Emma Smart (@Emma Smart)1537908960.0
I'd walk a city in peace. https://t.co/EhnQY2JI2T— Sonja Yoerg (@Sonja Yoerg)1538062174.0
Many simple acts men take for granted must be avoided at all costs by women who fear for their safety.
I'd sleep with ground floor windows open on a summer night https://t.co/HrkxYZlHzk— Jane Burns (@Jane Burns)1537925186.0
Imagine how different ALL of my life would have been. So much freedom! All the places I would enjoy on my own, and… https://t.co/y0LOkQX4OE— Christina Eliason (@Christina Eliason)1538360365.0
I'd run at night. I 👏 would 👏 run 👏 so 👏 much 👏 at 👏 night 👏 https://t.co/ToE2odrFAq— Kat(her)i(n)e Riley (@Kat(her)i(n)e Riley)1538392193.0
@_missdani @shaunahenryart @tlmoran @DanielleMuscato Running with headphones, music as loud as I want, on a trail w… https://t.co/PemlaynWrk— MCG (@MCG)1537929089.0
With men out of the picture, these women definitely saw an improvement in their nightlife.
My whole life would have been different, and now my daughter's life would be different. https://t.co/52YCx1K4AN— Melissa Hillman (@Melissa Hillman)1537928393.0
This thread really resonates with me, and I expect with most women. You get used to a life where people have to off… https://t.co/jjklCA30mi— Laura Green (@Laura Green)1538339145.0
@DanielleMuscato Public transit. I’d take all the public transit.— Bronwyn Harris (@Bronwyn Harris)1537907782.0
This is an essential thread. Read these replies. Me, I'd walk everywhere. I'd grocery shop late at night when it'… https://t.co/41Ccard8LA— Leslie Poston (@Leslie Poston)1538328377.0
Women must be constantly wary of their surroundings in a way many men never even consider. Even taking public transit is something women will avoid without accompaniment.
@DanielleMuscato Long, calm, solo nighttime walks. That would be amazing.— Bronwyn Harris (@Bronwyn Harris)1537907755.0
Some men also sounded off on the thread expressing their shock and support.
@DanielleMuscato I’m a white guy who regularly visits other countries by himself, walking city streets after midnig… https://t.co/NamkTEZ9wl— Randall Stephens 🏳️🌈 (@Randall Stephens 🏳️🌈)1537927697.0
But the list of potential nighttime activities seemed to go on and on. Women have had a huge chunk of their lives limited by the threat that men pose.
@rebeccaloar @LexWojTran @KosmishArtist_ @DanielleMuscato Oh, to enjoy a drink alone in a bar! Just me, my book and an excellent bartender.— kidamy (@kidamy)1537918155.0
@rebeccaloar @caitRgateR @kidamy @LexWojTran @KosmishArtist_ @DanielleMuscato can you imagine getting up to go to t… https://t.co/nDOgG9nMaR— HM Esmerie (@HM Esmerie)1538259866.0
It's time men started believing women when they describe their fears.
I've tried to explain this feeling, these feelings, to men, and always been told I'm exaggerating, but look at ever… https://t.co/HL7iKjcHsh— AuroraBorealice (@AuroraBorealice)1537968117.0
@DanielleMuscato @foodnpolitics Also I would go out dancing, drink and dance and not constantly monitor myself? And… https://t.co/slThLmNqEU— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1537938157.0
@DanielleMuscato As long as everything else stays open past 9...go live my best life! Go to the grocery store Go f… https://t.co/1gUCbs9Vp2— OR4Now (@OR4Now)1537908111.0
Do men even know just how afraid women are of them? I think MOST men have no clue as to how limited and cautious wo… https://t.co/Y1ZjlAV4E4— SARENA (@SARENA)1538389591.0
To grow up in their world, women must be ever-vigilant, and ever-enraged.
@DrBeagleman1 @DanielleMuscato Wow, I feel horrible right now. None of this has ever occurred to me as an issue. I… https://t.co/a5gZyzAivN— Houston Wolf (@Houston Wolf)1537929199.0
@houstonwolf @DrBeagleman1 We are. To paraphrase @IjeomaOluo: "It is very hard to survive as a woman in this wor… https://t.co/qIjEsaOaOJ— Danielle Muscato (@Danielle Muscato)1537930805.0
Run with both earbuds in, AT NIGHT. Not cross the road to the other sidewalk. I wouldn't worry about keeping my pho… https://t.co/bnbRFqUSNO— Karma Brown (@Karma Brown)1538062256.0
There's no question: it's time we improved ourselves as a culture.
Oh my god this thread. Almost every woman says they walk with their keys between their fingers. :( Society, we hav… https://t.co/yXCcPXVngm— Andrew Trotman (@Andrew Trotman)1538037286.0