Monday, June 2, 2014

A Confession

I have a confession to make.
For most of my life, I was unknowingly an advocate for rape culture. I was a misogynist. I thought women that weren't careful and gave it away for free were stupid and deserved shaming, taunting, to be degraded through sexual comments or exploited. I believed the watching and discussing of porn to be a healthy and fun lifestyle choice. I thought that openly commentating on an socially accepted form of "beauty" or "sexuality" by talking about a woman behind her back sexually with other men was okay. I thought that as a woman, I had a right to attract or hit on other women or treat them the way that other men would.

As a woman, I constantly disrespected other females because I felt a had a right to. This feeling of privilege and entitlement is the same issue as abuse from men, sexually, physically and mentally. By my admitting I acknowledged it being wrong for men to hit on me or comment about me sexually, yet me doing it other women, made me part of the problem.

It's time we all start coming to terms with this and realize that all people deserve some form of respect, and though respect shouldn't simply be handed out freely for being born a woman or a man or being alive, people deserve respect for their contributions to the universe, positive or negative. They are all part of the balance and the growth of humankind. Respect doesn't mean total agreement with everyone's choices and opinions, but it means accepting their right to have them and moving on with your own.

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