It took me a long time to hit publish on the feminism article I recently posted. I'm not sure why, it just did. Maybe there was too much going on in my life at the time I drafted it (May/June 2015) or maybe I thought that it was rage fueled since it wasn't a good point in my life.
Then I saw this article on Huffington Post (ugh, I know, please don't judge me though) and I emailed it to myself to write about at a later date. It really wasn't the article so much as the Twitter snapshots below the article that struck me. Granted, the content of the article was also eerily accurate, but the tweets spoke volumes of truth that are completely valid and they weren't man hating, which was the best part.
Sadly, the #YesAllWomen blog and FB page seems pretty much deserted after this summer, but the hashtag is used pretty frequently on Twitter.
So many of the tweets at the bottom of the page resonated with me, so I'm going to save you the time of going to the website and loading them (because they are in a pretty obnoxious flash box and won't display as a full page).
So tell me, do any of these resonate with you? Do any of these APPLY to you? Because some of these directly apply to me and I hate it. Also, if you're a dude Gentle Reader, you're encouraged to comment and tell
us about what it's like on the other side of the fence.
I've been concerned over walking through DC all alone on a Friday night, even if it was just a few blocks and it wasn't even that late. I've been told a boy hitting me was him "flirting" with me. I've read the female dress code page vs the paragraph describing the male dress code. I've been told by several people that if I was an officer they wouldn't salute me. I have male friends who have "jokingly" said to me "go make me a sammich" and when I responded with, "go fuck yourself" they got offended. I've been called out for/oogled while scratching my boob when it itched by a guy and when I pointed out that it's acceptable for guys to scratch their balls in public unchallenged, he said it wasn't the same (It isn't?). Also, I've gone to gyms where women have to wear a shirt, but men can wear shirts with half the sides cut out. I've been asked, "Is it that time of the month?" when I've been upset so many times that I don't even get upset about it anymore. Even worse is when I preface my irritation or anger rants with "No, I'm not PMSing/on my period... But blah blah blah."
I hope that for the sake of the next generation, there is more equality and the fight for what the original Feminists were aiming for continues on.