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Mum shocked as her Facebook joke about rape culture goes viral

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 30/04/2015 | 08:00

Gina Riveros wrote a simple comment on Facebook
Gina Riveros wrote a simple comment on Facebook

When a woman in Argentina made a small observation about a drunk, passed out man at a bus terminal and made a passing joke about rape culture, she had no idea she would be speaking to such a big audience.

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Gina Riveros, who works at the terminal, wrote a simple comment on Facebook, which has now been shared nearly 300 times. But what shocked her was the screenshot of the post that has now been shared more than 31,000 times. 

Her post reads: “Yesterday, when I arrived at the bus terminal at 6:00am, there was a skinny man who was so drunk that fell into deep sleep after 10 minutes.

“He had oversized pants that left his underwear and half his ass exposed.

Ayer, cuando llegué a las 6 de la mañana a la terminal, había un flaco bastante en pedo que diez minutos después dormía...

Posted by Gina Riverós on Sunday, 12 April 2015

“In short: young, drunk, middle of the night, in a sketchy place like the terminal is at that time, and with his ass in the air… and not even me, nor any of the women who passed him during the spectacle, raped or killed him.

“You see guys, it’s not so hard and no matter how drunk you are or how you dress, you can respect the lives of others???”

Riveros said she has received both messages of support and negativity for her opinion since gaining notoriety. Some of the negative commentators have branded her a “rebel feminazi”.

But she is used to voicing her opinion about rape culture: Riveros used to work on a health radio programme, where she was “disgusted to hear all the people who justify street harassment, groping, rape, etc.”

Men and women should “pay less attention to the clothes worn by girls and deal more with teaching boys of future generations” to no violate or harass people, she told the website.


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