Whenever I hear older people, usually males I see at the donut shop or in public square, making dirty jokes or commenting about how a woman looks or is dressed, I say something about it. I don’t just shrug it off or laugh with them or agree. I look them right in the eye and say, “really? did you really just say that? that’s messed up.”
I do this for a number of different reasons.
1. I am absolutely sick and tired of people who are rude, disgusting, and perverted. If you want to talk like that, you can go home and sit in front of your television and say whatever you want to it. But don’t do it in public, to complete strangers, or when you’re around me.
2. These are human beings you’re talking about. Why are you trying to degrade, patronize, or humiliate them? What are you honestly getting out of it? Is it the shock value? Cause I’ll tell you, it’s pretty shocking; shocking and completely uncalled for. And it has no place in any environment!
3. I want to make sure that if I ever have a daughter, she won’t ever have to be subjected to this kind of harassment, intimidation, or humiliation. And I want to know that I did my part during my generation to try to get rid of this backwards, ignorant, and downright demented way of thinking and treating women.
I want to make sure I’m doing my part to make this world a better place. And if that means standing up to someone who’s older than me and putting them in their place, I’m willing to do it. Your time is over, those days are long gone.
If we want our children to be treated with respect, we had better start treating other people’s children with respect.
If you want to change the future, start now, and don’t ever stop.