How come they weren't "our" girls before something tragic happened?
The kidnapping in Nigeria is a symptom of a larger problem worldwide. That problem is the idea that men have an inherent right to women's bodies. The idea that men have the right to purchase, consume, and dispose of women’s bodies as they see fit.
This event is tragic, and private and governmental resources need to be used to get those girls back. But this is not the first of it’s kind. This happens to girls and women all over the world.
Why can't we fight for and protect girls and women across the globe from these harmful patriarchal ideals all the time?
Why can't we educate about rape culture and create a culture of consent and healthy sexuality?
Why weren't they "ours" before they were taken?