Thinking Out-loud #3: #YesAllWomen... Be a part of the Change

Published by Andrae Smith in the blog In My Thinking Chair. Views: 273

Hi guys! Welcome back to my thinking chair. This entry is a shorter one, and more of a major PSA, but it's one I felt was worthy of expressing:

With so much going on in our lives, it's easy to push some things out of our mind, particularly the struggles of others. Many of us are privileged to a degree, and do not have to think about, let alone experience things like poverty, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, racism, rape, etc. I recently saw a post on Facebook about the #YesAllWomen movement to speak out against rape, sexual assault and the like, and it reminded me that there are things that we can easily, if not inadvertently, turn a blind eye to if we don't have to go through it.

I'm late to hear about this #YesAllWomen movement, but I support the right of all women to feel safe at any time, at any place, in any attire. Sexual assault and rape and other forms of gender-biased violence are not okay. It's not okay that our society has made it for people to be more comfortable making jokes about this stuff than admitting to being victims of it.

I'll take it a step further to say bias based on gender, "race," ethnicity, sexuality, religion, or whatever is not okay. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own bodies and safe to live their lives as they choose. No one deserves to live in fear, looking over their shoulders for some idiot who finds their lives less valuable and their feelings inconsequential.

The fact that we don't see it doesn't mean it's not happening. The fact that it happens more often than some might think doesn't make it right. More people should be more willing to stand up to bullies, rapists, racist, and the like. More people should be willing to add their voice to movements that will counteract these issues. Most importantly, more people should be proactive in raising a wiser, kinder, more aware and loving generation in the years to come.

Let's wake up a bit and start helping each other. It's the only way we can advance as a species. That's all I have to say this time. I think it's pretty clear. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. It isn't about me, but the discussion. If you'd like to way in, comment below and let me know! Hopefully we can get more chatter about this topic. (I know there's already a thread on Male Rape Victims). :p
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