20-year-old Kelsey had no idea that a quick Tumblr post could erupt into such controversy overnight. When walking home the night before, she heard two men catcalling a woman across the street and talk about assaulting her. Kelsey turned around, punched one of the men, and uploaded a picture of her bandaged hand to her Tumblr.
So what reactions to her post caused her to take her Tumblr down?
According Jezebel, the man said, “Fucking c***, I’d take her into the back alley and show her what I’m made of,” as the woman walked away. “She won’t even see it coming.” Kelsey then punched the man out of defense for the woman and her disgust for rape culture. She didn’t have regrets about her decision…at first. On her Tumblr, she posted a picture of her injured hand and this statement:
I hope your mother/girlfriend/sister/friends/everyone asks what happened to your nose. I hope you have to explain that you thought it’d be funny to joke with your friend about raping the drunk girl across the street. I bet you didn’t think that the girl who was walking in front of you would turn around and punch you in the face. You’re a filthy piece of shit and I don’t regret this at all.
Her post grew in popularity overnight, and upon word of its viral status, she logged in to find hundreds of messages both supporting of her decision and threatening her for her actions. Her Tumblr, Ignite My Thoughts, is now no longer active due to the ordeal, but Jezebel was able to point out terrible comments such as, “Wow. And you seem proud of what you did. Seriously, you’re the one who deserves to get raped.”
In defense of her actions, Kelsey made a closing statement on her Tumblr that has now been deleted: “I’m not telling people to go out and hit ‘everybody who offends you’ (though many of you are believing that was the point). However, I do believe that serious action needs to be taken towards rape culture.”
Do you think Kelsey did the right thing? Did threats of rape justify her actions?