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  •  Women also have (10+ / 0-)

    mothers, daughter, and sisters.

    I don't know, it's interesting to think about, but I think the whole idea of saying "imagine that X is someone you know and care about" (on any issue) is an attempt to get people to feel some kind of empathy for humans in general that they haven't been able to do without some prodding.

    I agree with other posters that people should be able to accomplish this kind of imagination (and empathy) without someone in their family being directly affected by whatever  the issue is. But one of the ways to reach that point is to imagine the humanity of people one doesn't know and personalize it in some way that makes it relatable.

    Basically, I'm in favor of whatever works to get people to increase their concern for other people, and to think about consequences, be it around things like rape, or about the effect of govt policies or racism, homophobia, whatever is blocking the understanding.

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