When I met you,
flowers started growing
in the darkest parts of my mind
The idea that women are all wallowing in a miserable pool of their own insecurity and desperately need a man to come save them by giving them compliments is really just a modern take on the Prince Charming fairytale. Yes, many women are insecure. Most of them are insecure not because no guy has ever expressed a desire to fuck them, but because of the dangerously unrealistic standards our society sets for women’s appearance and for the behaviors they must perform in order to maintain that appearance.
So as nice as it would be if all that could be solved by noble, kind-hearted men taking valuable time out of their day to compliment female passerby on their appearance, that’s not gonna happen. Women don’t need men to save us from insecurity. We need to stand up and speak out ourselves against the ways in which our culture keeps us fearful and insecure, and the ways in which we help it to do so. — Why You Shouldn’t Tell That Random Girl On The Street That She’s Hot » Brute Reason (via brute-reason)
What women don't want: 'Morning big boobs' - Telegraph -
Telegraph Wonder Women’s weekly team-up with The Everyday Sexism Project reveals 10 women’s different experiences throughout the last seven days.
Here are 10 accounts by women of all different ages from across the UK that happened in the last week:
- “I was followed around today during my run by a guy on a bike who rated different parts of my body.”
- “Man addressing a room I was in: “When I say ‘men’ I mean everyone - it’s a generic term.””
- “Little gem from a work party: getting told I look “good enough to rape” by male colleagues.”
- “Guy at work used to think it was OK to only ever address me as big boobs. “Morning big boobs” etc. I started addressing him as “small dick” he soon realised that maybe saying “morning Kate” would be a better way to address me.”
- “On seeing me in my lab coat, a bloke said to me at work: “Oh you’re one of the scientists? I thought you must be the receptionist.””
- “Walking with my mum, a man sitting outside a pub starts shouting “threesome? THREESOME!?” at us.”
- “Offered a sandwich at work, I say: “No thank you.” Male boss then adds: “I expect she is watching her weight.””
- “Male stranger says: “Tell your husband thanks for buying you those tits, they’re hot.”“
- “At the community centre a volunteer asks: “Anyone have a husband who can come in and fix our computers?” I have an IT degree.”
- “Some guys who live across the road stand outside every day and shout at every girl that passes. It makes me nervous to go out.”The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. It now has more than 20,000 entries and is set to expand globally. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that women don’t even feel able to protest. By sharing stories, sexism is shown to exist on a daily basis and that it is a valid problem to discuss as opposed to being wrongly referred to as ‘banter’.
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