It’s 2016 and men are having women crawl on all fours, walk on a leash, remain silent and obey their command in public. They’re not only allowing, but encouraging women to act as the equivalent of an animal. And this is happening in our country. The footage exists, and not only will it make you uncomfortable, it’ll make you sick.
On December 30, a YouTube video titled, “WALK YOUR BITCH ON A LEASH CHALLENGE!!!!!” was published, showing a black man walk a white woman in a mask around a mall on a leash, having her feed him and answer to his hand commands. The man recording the video is laughing and saying things like: “Funny as hell” and “embarrassing.” Then, last week, footage of rapper Stitches and another man walking women on leashes-in a designated pet area of a park-was revealed. The footage is reportedly for the 20-year-old’s new music video.
Because the Internet is full of ignorant idiots waiting to make us even more nauseated, this argument from a man behind the so-called MEET Magazine was posted to YouTube last week. He doesn’t see Stitches’ action as misogynistic, but as a fair power play, saying: “It’s been said for years, all men are dogs. Even men call women a dog or a bitch, people have such a huge issue with it… A lot of women are bitches. And a lot of women are dogs.” Sure, even women call themselves bitches. But because a man doesn’t like something a woman says or does, it makes it OK for them to take ownership and put them on a leash? I don’t see women who get hurt, abused or cheated on putting these “dogs” on leashes, so take all of the seats that ever existed, please.
He’s also annoyed that people think it’s “cute” for women to “degrade” men in our country. He’s referring to when Britney Spears had Tyson Beckford on a leash in concert last year, and when Rihanna had Perez Hilton on one in her 2010 “S&M” video.
Here’s a look:
Interesting, because when I see these examples, I don’t feel nearly as sick. I don’t feel sick at all. In fact, like many others, I applaud and praise these women, unlike the faceless man of MEET, who seems to have forgotten that women have an extensive, dark and ongoing history of being degraded by men. He argues for equality, saying: “If we’re gonna protect women, we have to protect men the exact same way.” But given our history, men don’t need protecting.
As a woman, maybe I am a little bitter. Maybe I do see the need for retaliation. But after years of hearing songs about women as nothing more than mindless objects, only good for shaking their asses on poles, giving head and merely being a hole to f–k, I have the right to feel this way. People felt this way when Snoop Dogg brought two women on leashes to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003, including his then-Where My Dogs At? co-star, who said: “I find that degrading and I am a dog.” They felt this way then, and they’ll feel this way now, for reasons aforementioned.
I know that women don’t need defending. It is 2016. We could have our first female president soon. We have Beyonce. But witnessing women being subjected into some twisted form of slavery-being ridiculed, laughed at and made into a mockery for it-at this day in age in my own country, sickens and genuinely scares me.