They make me skeptical and guarded without my consent because they’ve become my comfort and my identity. It’s time to start taking down the walls you’ve built so high in your life and just start living without fear.
We do not need to abandon trigger warnings in order to achieve academic freedom. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, the dismissal of trigger warnings and the dissolution of safe spaces are going to hinder the academic freedom and learning of those students that need them.
I wish I could tell you that I do not dress the way I dress, or look the way I look, for your benefit. I did not leave my home and enter the world yesterday so you could have something to stare at and comment on.
Repeated pressure to “hang out” or to “go grab dinner” after you’ve already said no is harassment. If you did agree once before but decided that he wasn’t for you, he should be able to respect your decision and not continue to pursue you.
Do you want to travel, but you’re afraid of putting yourself in harm’s way if you do? Traveling the world, especially solo, is super rewarding but it can also be pretty intimidating.
Tell me a funny story or just sit and talk with me while holding my hand. Tell me we’ll tackle things together.
You don’t let go of someone who gives you the same protective feeling as that blanket you had as a kid. You don’t let go of someone who’s kept you safe.
You were there to mark the safe entry, the harbor that cool waves lapped against. I always came back to you. I thought I always would.
And it is not all unfounded. But a lot of it is, or at the very least, very poorly reported.
It’s just me, and my body is now the vehicle. I get hungry looks eyeing my body up and down, and I feel that I am reduced simply for the consumption of a man. Without a car, I am more vulnerable, more on display. I am just a body.