IS FOR A LITTLE RESPECT
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the most graceful human when it comes to the opposite sex. I don’t take compliments well, and I really don’t like strangers, my mother taught me well. This type of personality is often frowned upon. Whether it be in the bar industry when I would ignore drunk customers, or while walking down the street ignoring rude catcalls. I have been called stuck up, a bitch, a whore (which is ironic if you think about it), the list is endless really. Guys, especially when drunk, do not like getting rejected, who knew? I’ll admit, I often act this way as a defense mechanism, but it is also because I don’t know how to respond. I feel uncomfortable, get awkward, and end up feeling guilty. I could have made more money if I just flirted with them. Maybe if I would have just smiled, he wouldn’t have called me a name. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Why are women blamed? This is a very simple scenario that translates into much bigger issues. I do not consider myself a feminist, I consider myself someone who values respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T and here is what it means to me. I am not a piece of meat, and contrary to popular belief, I am not a damsel in distress waiting for some macho baboon to come rescue me. You honking at me, and saying “hey babe want to walk me on that leash?” when I walk my dog is sexual harassment. (And yes, those exact words were said to me.) So how dare you come at me, or any other girl, for not responding. You should consider yourself lucky I didn’t respond, because you don’t want to know what I am really thinking the moment after you insult me.
Catcalling and unwarranted pickup lines have always gotten under my skin. However after seeing an article on the Daily Mail earlier this week, all of my anger bubbled up again. Just because I am a girl, does not mean that I should have to flirt, or show my lady bits, to make some extra cash as a server. Just because I’m a girl, doesn’t mean that I should get paid less than you for doing the SAME job. Just because I’m a girl, I don’t have to talk to you. The fact that women even have to get defensive shows that there is something wrong. 1 in 5 women is a victim of sexual assault, and if you think there is no correlation you are a moron.
Maybe you’ve seen this video, maybe you haven’t. But these mini humans are smarter than majority of adults. How embarrassing. We’re all humans. Act like it, and respect everyone no matter what their gender.
If that wasn’t enough, here’s Sarah Silverman. Becoming a man…. (Viewer discretion advised)