Dear Editor: 'Tis the season for weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties. I remembered this when I saw an intoxicated young man holding a blow-up doll while at a restaurant recently. Everyone else except the party of young men was embarrassed or looking away. And rightfully so.

In the age of #MeToo, safe spaces and consent, watching a man haul around a plastic woman's body should not be tolerated. Imagine how victims of sexual assault feel. And there are many silent ones out there, who are in pain when they see a body dragged around in a mockingly sexual manner.

Since this is still happening in 2019, though, I encourage anyone viewing this to speak up — or to poke a hole in said doll when the owner isn't looking. People cannot simply look away from this. It's not intolerant to be mindful of sexual assault victims. If you own a restaurant or bar, please speak up.

Monica Simpson

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