The adage “believe women” isn’t just about sexual assault: It’s about women’s condition, experiences, and the broad subversion of our voices within the patriarchy.
Women are told every day in so many words that our ideas are not special or unique enough to be shared. But we shouldn’t have to be anything but ourselves to have opinions and share them.
Don’t worry, male writers — if you’re planning on writing a book that includes female characters and are worried about what this thread might say about you, we have a handy little trick you can use.
Chrissy Teigen Hilariously Shut Down This Tweet Criticizing Women For Not Taking Their Husband’s Last Name
Sorry guys, Chrissy isn’t here for any of your double standard BS and neither are we.
It’s as if people have taken the #MeToo movement and twisted it backwards and sideways and so many directions that it’s stopping them from focusing on what it really is: a movement against sexual harassment and assault.
Modesty shouldn’t be a prerequisite for respect and it shouldn’t be the sole indicator of self-respect. The level of modesty a female victim is perceived to have in her clothing choices is irrelevant – she is not to blame for the actions of her perpetrators.
Much as it stands today, America was mired by gender and racial biases that forced most of these founding mothers to live within the confines of what larger society defined their “role” to be.