This woman is so courageous. I see this photo around a lot and have a bit of a story associated with it, as it happens.
In Berlin, I went to watch the Eurocup semis at the Brandenburg Gate with a Canadian girl I’d just met that day. While there, we met two American guys, an Irishman and a Swedish guy, whom we got along with well. After the match, I went clubbing with the two Americans. The one I got on with better was a footballer-type, super assertive, clearly going for the “alpha-male image” kind of guy. If I’d been at home and sober, I’d have thought he was a dick, but in this context he was fun.
So we’re at a club and we’re hooking up and eventually he’s like, “So do you want to get out of here?”
I say, “Sure,” because it’s about 3am and I could deal with some fresh air. We end up getting a cab after walking around for a while and he tells the driver we’re going to Hackesher Markt, where his hostel was. I hear this and have the wherewithal to add in German that I wanted to go to Kreuzberg, where my hostel was, first. He doesn’t give me any shit about it and we part on good terms.
Anyway, we become friends on Facebook eventually and soon after, I notice that he’s commented on this photo, agreeing with some fuck who’s said that drunk girls who flirt with guys get what they deserve if
sex rape happens later.
We are not friends anymore, needless to say. For days afterwards I couldn’t stop thinking about how differently that night could have gone.