Forever Not Yours ~ an open letter to the random sleaze

To the older man at the Abbotsford Convent who pinched my thigh,

I’ve been experiencing some form of sexual dynamics, power or outright abuse, since at least the age of 6. That’s when the most problematic, and lasting, memories begin anyway.

You spoke of your two young daughters

And I wonder…

When contemplating the world they’re growing up in,

do you ever stop to consider the role and responsibility you hold in how it takes shape?

Gender “norms” are perpetuated every day by men like you

Not criminal per se, but evidently unable to relate to women or girls without reference to their beauty or implicity (heck, even explicitly!) their sexuality.

You muse, as if bestowing some desired compliment, that the only obstacle to your touching me romantically is

…that of your age

            …your parenthood

                    …that of your marital status

“If I was 20 years younger!” you giddily exclaim

Oh to be held back by these points, restrained like some animal in a cage

Of circumstance

You overlook




Which is, of course, my consent.

Let me make it clear that no matter your age, or how available you may be,

Even in a strictly hypothetical sense

That I shall never be your prey

That this conversation should not be happening

I am wholly conscious and wilfully unavailable

To all that you represent:

Sexism insidiously harming

So don’t tell me “I didn’t mean to pinch your leg”

I’m not here to accommodate the excuses you use to covet your abusive desires

Grow up and take responsibility for your actions

Know that they have real consequence.

That I am

Forever Not Yours,


Image taken from Phil Gyford‘s photostream on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

2 thoughts on “Forever Not Yours ~ an open letter to the random sleaze

  1. Pingback: Welcome to Tuesday! ~ 13th August 2013 | feminaust ~ for australian feminism

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