Me Too? Yes. Me Too. #MeToo
It's something I don't talk about all that much unless there's a reason to. Partly because it can make me feel weak to admit it. Partly because I'd much rather forget. Partly because society tells us not to make a big deal out of nothing. Partly because I just want to keep going instead of crying or feeling sorry for myself. Partly because being harassed is something so terribly common that we've just accepted it as something to grin and bear, like crying babies on the bus or people loudly yelling into their phones on the metro or intimidating groups of teens on the train.
But yes. Me too.Yes I've been harassed. Yes, I've been hassled. Yes, I've had strangers grab different parts of my body while walking down the street. Yes, I've been insulted and assaulted. Yes I've been objectified. Yes I've been told I'm a stuck up bitch because I wanted to enjoy the live music at a pub instead of being chatted up by some random dude. Yes I've been whistled at on the street. Yes I've had cars stop and strange men ask me to come with them on my way home from high school. Yes I've been treated like less than the men at work even though I did more, knew more, worked longer hours and worked harder. Yes I've been told that I'd look 'prettier' if I smiled more. Yes I've said no to sex only to have that no disregarded.
Yes, me too.
Yes, most women. #YesAllWomen, might be more accurate, in fact.
And no, not all men. Not each and every man. I know that. Every woman knows that. But enough men. Enough men to make it a problem. Enough men to keep us on our toes.
What if enough men committed to changing the world? To making the world a safer place for men and women alike? What if enough men chose, right now, to stop harassing and objectifying women? Because every woman out there is someone's mother, someone's sister, someone's daughter... If you don't want your mother to be harassed, if you don't want your sister be hit on by strangers, if you don't want your daughter to be objectified... Then set the right example, educate others and commit to making the world a better place for all of humanity.