The Duty to Resist Your Own Oppression (Complain (If Native Companion does…
The Duty to Resist Your Own Oppression
This could be an isolated incident that needs to be ignored and moved on from. Native Companion was not physically assaulted and did not even notice the incident until someone brought it to her attention. Had it been serious, she would have recognized the issue immediately
If a similar problem were to occur again or even if she goes back to the ride, Native Companion could solve it by herself instead of involving many other people. She could simply call the workers out on their behavior and make them apologize. If she can make them embarrassed of their actions, they may be less likely to repeat them.
If Native Companion does not complain because she herself isn't perceiving the carnies' behavior to be harmful, she is not fulfilling her obligation to help other members of her oppressed group escape/shut down the oppressive structures, therefore she should file a complaint
She may be entitled to compensation or, at the very least, a company issued apology for having to deal with inappropriate worker behavior while she wanted to have fun
Native Companion has a right to have fun without fearing that someone will take advantage of being in control of her ride and manipulating it to embarrass/violate her privacy. The carnies were most likely not the only ones who saw her dress fall down, therefore allowing more people to be involved and contribute to her humiliation
Protecting Rational Capacities
By having a "feisty, confident, and self-secure" personality, Native Companion is resisting the carnies' violating and inappropriate behavior; she is not giving them the response they may have wanted or looking like a victim by remaining true to herself and her values
Resisting her oppression internally
She refuses to feel humiliated, shamed, or embarrassed by the situation/the carnies action
She does not allow herself to believe that being objectified sexually alters her moral status as a woman and/or person
She does not let the carnies' behavior shape/change how she enjoys herself or what she chooses to do for fun at the time or in the future
She does not want to see herself as a victim of harassment and/or view the carnies as the victimizers/perpetrators of said behavior
The alleged "status quo" of men objectifying women is being accepted by Native Companion and exhibited in this scenario
She may actually receive benefits from the carnies' behavior; she could get attention, potentially a free second ride, etc.
She could believe that there wouldn't be any legitimate consequences for the men if she did complain, so why waste her time?
Native Companion may be ignorant to the fact that systematic oppression is a reoccurring problem; just because this was an isolated incident, doesn't mean there won't be many more that she is involved in again
Will she continue to brush off every other similar event? What is her criteria to have her think that what is happening is not appropriate and cause her to complain?
If these exact carnies treat her the same way again and she realizes herself without being told afterwards, what will be her course of action?