Because this is what some men had to say about Elliot Rodger after he went on a killing spree because women didn’t want to sleep with him.
Because when we get harassed or groped by a stranger in public we are told to “take it as a compliment.”
Because more people are concerned with why women stay in abusive relationships than why men are abusing women.
Because the first question we are being asked after we tell someone we were sexually assaulted is “What were you wearing?”
Because we are prudes when we don’t want to sleep with you and we are whores when we do.
Because nearly every single woman I know including myself has experienced some form of sexual assault, abuse or harassment. And they all have a story about a man feeling entitled to access to their body.
Because we are being taught how to not get raped, rather than men being taught how to not rape.
Because we grow up learning that it’s safer to give a guy a fake phone number instead of rejecting him.
Because every time I express my feelings and opinions on a subject I get asked if I’m on my period.
Because the term “friend-zone” is attacking our right to say “no” and the term “whore” is attacking our right to say “yes.”
Because the term “friend-zone” even exists.
Because men don’t text each other that they got home safe.
Because we get verbally harassed for having opinions about getting sexually harassed.
Because we are blamed when men can’t control themselves. “Don’t whine about it. You asked for it.”
Because we are taught to “never leave your drink alone” rather than teaching men “not to drug someone.”
Because we are told to wear clothes that don’t provoke men, instead of them learning that we aren’t objects.
Because we are seen as less desirable if we have more sexual partners while men are seen as more manly when they do.
Because we lie about having boyfriends because men respect another man’s claim on us more than our right to say no.
Because we are being told to just get the fuck over it.
Because you can say “bitch” on national television, but you can’t say “shit”, because in our society it’s more acceptable to degrade women than poop.
Because men had no problems violating women’s bodies while they had on corsets, petticoats and farthingales, so what makes you think a short skirt has anything to do with it?
Because the odds of a woman being sexually assaulted is as high as 1 in 6.
Because every time I say that I want gender equality I immediately have to explain that I don’t hate men.
Because nearly everything I mention here, I personally experience every day.
Every. Single. Day.
— Alina xx