Okay, so one of my ASB officers told me this week that I should “embrace sexism cause it goes both ways.” As a note, he does claim this was taken out of context. We were talking about chivalry when he said it, and he repeated it three times, so I would say that it was fair for me to quote him on that. But nevertheless, take that into consideration.
The majority of the school then supports him and his statement and for the last 48 hours, I’ve been almost constantly harassed for posting that quote. I can understand that they think I’m targeting him for the entire Battle of the Sexes week, which I assure you is not my intention. However, he needs to understand that it is not okay to say something like that, especially since he in particular is a white heterosexual cisgendered male. Because I refuse to embrace sexism.
As a woman who gets catcalls walking down the street
As a woman who can be degraded for the clothes she wears
As a woman whose body is close to being controlled by Congress
As a woman who listens to people make rape jokes every day
As a woman who hears people blame victims for their own rapes
As a woman who has a 1 in 6 chance of being raped in her lifetime
As a woman living in a society that believes a woman’s greatest contribution is attractiveness
As a woman who gets harassed and groped at concerts by complete strangers
As a woman who has to live with the virgin/slut dichtonomy
As a woman who is told that her intellectual thought is less important than a man’s
As a woman who will likely earn less in her lifetime simply because she is female
I will not allow somebody to tell me to “embrace sexism” and get away with it.