Lynzy Lab Stewart is one of the many women who felt an overwhelming sense of frustration in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh's controversial Supreme Court confirmation.
Stewart, a dance teacher and lecturer at Texas State University, decided to channel her emotions through music, writing a satirical song titled "A Scary Time," which she played on her ukulele and posted on YouTube. Share —
The song's title was a response to comments President Donald Trump made last week, before Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court but after allegations of s*xual assault against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women. Trump said it is a "scary time for young men in America," adding that men are now automatically "guilty until proven innocent."
The remark touched a nerve with s*xual assault survivors nationwide, including Stewart. Editor's Picks
“I was angry to hear the president describe these times as ‘scary for men’ with a complete disregard of the struggles we, as women, face on a daily basis,” Stewart told ABC News.
Stewart began her song addressing the everyday difficulties women face. She listed things she cannot do as a woman without fear, like walk to her car late at night while on the phone, use public transportation after 7 p.m., or go to a club to dance with her friends and leave her drink attended.
She also included a line referring to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about her s*xual assault with the lyrics, "I can't speak out against my rapist after 35 years."
Stewart then follows up with sarcastic sympathy for men: “But it sure is a scary time for boys. Yeah gentlemen, band together make some noise. It’s really tough when your reputations on the line and any woman you’ve assaulted could turn up any time.”
The video garnered millions of views and hundreds of thousands of shares and comments overnight. Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres have shared the video on social media.
As the song continues there is a sudden change of tone. “Oh wait, that’s right. It’s not such a scary time for boys. They’ve always had the upper hand, they’ve always had a choice,” Stewart sings. (MORE: Why It Matters video: Tell GMA which issue inspires you to vote)
Using satire as levity, Stewart said she hoped her song “would lift a little bit of the weight” she’s been carrying. She said she does not intend to dismiss men's struggles with the song, but to “finally legitimize women's."
"We are conditioned early on to believe that it is our responsibility to not get attacked, harassed, or assaulted."
Stewart said she has experienced s*xual assault like many of her friends. As a dance teacher she has spent her entire adult life teaching young women and girls, many of whom have confided in her about their own stories of s*xual assault.
“We are conditioned early on to believe that it is our responsibility to not get attacked, harassed, or assaulted, when the responsibility and accountability lies solely on the attacker,” Stewart added. (MORE: s*xual assault survivor: What's at stake for survivors with Christine Blasey Ford's testimony)
Rape remains the most under-reported crime in the country. Around 63 percent of s*xual assaults are not reported to the police, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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