Leanna Carr is an American grad student and powerlifter. A Colorado native, she is an Atlanta Falcons fan, and her field of academic expertise is sport psychology.
Here she is, being an absolute badass, featured on a major bodybuilding site:
Leanna believes passionately in fitness and the tremendous benefits that it brings to a person’s overall wellbeing. She is conscientious and proactive in her approach to women’s health.
Your reproductive system is an important component of your health. Early detection saves lives. Get your Pap Smears 💜🙏🏼 #cancerprevention— Leanna Carr (@Leanna_Carr) June 28, 2017
Spent the morning planning a summer camp to teach young girls about body positivity/confidence w/ an emphasis on resistance training ❤💪🏻— Leanna Carr (@Leanna_Carr) May 26, 2017
She appreciates the simple pleasures of life too, the transcendent beauty that can be found in the every day.
Recently, Leanna has been travelling alone around Europe in an effort to expand her horizons and to test herself against the vagaries of solo travel.
Traveling solo throughout Europe has been one of the most amazing and empowering experiences of my life.— Leanna Carr (@Leanna_Carr) April 20, 2018
I mention all these things about Leanna because this is how you describe a human being. A living, breathing person, full of hopes and passions, and with a connection to the world, who thinks and cares, and wants to contribute in a positive way while they are here. Mind you, she could also be a lazy, irresponsible gambler. Or a profligate and neglectful airhead. Or a selfish and rude cockwomble who really loves to litter. The point is that, whatever the characteristics, negative or positive, they add up to a human being. I mention that to contrast it with what comes next. In a recent interview about the endemic and ongoing crisis of sexual abuse in our society, Terry Crews introduced a searingly insightful term into the conversation. He called masculinity a ‘cult’. One of the features of this cult, he said, was the way it brainwashes men into thinking of women as, fundamentally, less than human. They recognise them as people, sure, in that they walk and talk and breathe, but nevertheless, toxic masculinity creates a hierarchy in many men’s minds, where women exist primarily to serve them, their wants and needs subjugated to the primacy of the male. The existence and rising prominence of Incels is one of the most stark examples of this poisonous worldview. But Incels, with their manifestos and codified tracts of hate, are an extreme end of the spectrum. What’s far more common are the micro-aggressions and everyday examples of misogyny that women have to deal with. Things like catcalling, and groping. These things might appear ‘minor’ when compared to the almost cartoonish levels of hate revealed by things like Incel manifestos, but they still reveal the same thing: To many men’s eyes, women are not people. They are reduced to their female otherness, agency-less, and there for their amusement. And this is where we come back to Leanna. Leanna’s travels through Europe may well have been a great experience overall, but she still had to deal with this:
While walking down the street in Dublin earlier this week, a man grabbed my butt. He proceeded to laugh hysterically and said “you’re an American, you probably liked it”. Apparently traveling solo has made me a better person bc my first reaction was to punch him in the face 😳 pic.twitter.com/qJ82a3iimI— Leanna Carr (@Leanna_Carr) April 21, 2018
According to the Irish Independent:
I was walking in a hurry to catch my bus, when I felt someone grab my bum, hard. I turned around a little shocked initially, and said ‘what the f*ck’ to him. He started laughing, and said ‘oh you’re an American… you probably liked it’
I am never a violent person, and I have never punched anyone before… but I became so angry and had so much adrenaline that my reaction was to punch him. I got him on the cheek bone, hard.
I started yelling a couple more things to him like ‘don’t ever touch a girl like that again, I could get you arrested’. He became very mad and I thought he was going to hit back.
But there was an older couple next to us who saw the whole thing and the gentleman told the scumbag to keep walking. The man started laughing again and then crossed the street to disappear in the crowd of people.
I’ve never travelled solo and for this to have happened made me a little nervous. My first reaction was a little guilt, wondering if I had done the right thing in the situation. I probably would have reacted differently, say if I had been in a dark alley alone with him. I guess I felt more confidence acting the way I did because it was still light out and on a busy street.
Leanna’s horrible experience speaks loud and clear to Terry Crew’s formulation of masculinity as a cult in which men view women as less than human. Because that shit right there? That ain’t how humans treat other humans.
Now, a little thought experiment: What are the odds that this man who sexually assaulted Leanna asks strangers’ permission before he pets their dogs?