Have you seen the amount of me too’s spread across social media? Honestly I was hesitant about posting #metoo. I mean, it’s not like I had it that bad, I know people who have had a lot worse. That’s a horrible thought to have. Then I remember all the things that have happened that I have forgotten about, because I was told to ‘forget about it, it’s normal’.
Like the times I was walking down the street and being honked, whistled and the cat called. Seriously, I was 12 going on 13. Little innocent me honestly thought people are so friendly and eager to make new friends. I found out quickly that they don’t want to be a friend, I’m supposed to ignore than and pretend nothing happened.
Like the time my tank top and jeans was against ‘school dress code’ and I should ‘wear something more decent’ when I was 15. My top was not a deep V cut, and it wasn’t super short that my stomach was showing, and I was confused. Even more confused when I found out there’s no dress code for the male students.
Or the time I was on a packed train commuting to work and someone decided it’s a great idea to grab my buns. I remember his shocked look on his face when I turned around and punched his face, yelling at him to not touch me while the entire train starred at ME and not that man.
And about a bajillion more times that I can’t even list them all. There are times were I was stronger than the other times.
I share this because I want our daughters to live in a world where they don’t have to say me too.
I share this because I want our sons to be raised to speak up and be part of the solution.
I share this because this is an important conversation to have, and not all of my sisters (and brothers) can speak out loud so I will speak for them.
You know this is serious when an introvert says I will speak for them.
How will you be part of the change?