We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him.
The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.
“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.”
The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked.
“So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”
I now have 2 days left of revision before my exams start. Jheez I’m nervous - these exams decide whether of not I go to medical school in September =S I’m revising and all that jazz, but it still doesn’t quite feel enough. I want to do so much -revision, past papers, exercises/questions to build up skills - but there just isn’t enough time. On the one hand, I’m feeling reasonably confident at the moment; on the other hand I feel like any moment now I going to be reduced to an inconsolable wreck with no hope what so ever. This I do not like. At least it will all be over in 19 days. That’s pretty awesome. Or it would be if I didn’t have to endure 15 exams (23 hours) before I get my freedom.
I do have some good news: I got an accommodation offer from Nottingham for the hall of residence I wanted. I wasn’t sure I would, because they’re usually randomly allocated. Fortunately I’ve know a second year medic who was extremely helpful and told me what to do =D I basically ended up writing in the special requirements section that I loved the hall and I wanted to go there because they had 2 pianos =P I totally also name dropped my Great-aunt who studied Biology there in the 40s. Anyways, it all worked out because I will now have a room in Florence Boot Hall!!! I dead excited - the place is perfect for me. It’s the 2nd smallest hall, and it’s really cosy. They have pianos, a HUGE TV, games tables, a library, tennis courts and, best of all, IT’S RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE!!! Yes, a freaking lake =D Like I said, perfect!
Right, I’m afraid that’s all folks - I want to get a bit more revision done tonight before heading of to bed ready for a day full of revision and prep tomorrow!
I hope you all have a great week, and good luck to everyone facing exams of any kind. See you on the other side!! =D
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