Enough with the male entitlement
I've seen this post before, but the message is definitely worth repeating. Popular media has for years romanticized the idea that "no" just means "try harder." How many love songs talk about the guy "winning" the girl's heart? Like it's some kind of competition and the guy is somehow entitled to her if he does the right thing(s) or just keeps at it?
You are doing important work. We don't talk enough about how the media we consume contributes to rape culture. One in three women experiences some sort of sexual harassment. Let's continue to have proactive conversations with our brothers, sons, fathers, and, oh yeah, the uncle at the Thanksgiving you are about to see, about male privilege, entitlement, and the fact that women owe us nothing. Please pass the dressing and the sweet potato pie this way, thank you.
This essay should be mandatory high school curriculum.
This needs to be taught in schools, sex ed classes (is that still a thing?), soccer practice, basically anywhere boys and young men are in thrall to their Hormone Monsters. Get them while they’re young is the only way to make changes to the patriarchal, misogynistic society we live in.
Thank you, James.
James, Thank you for not being that guy. I appreciate you, your posts, and your perspective. Fuck all "those guys" who think any woman owes them. I dream of a world where my daughter (She's 4 now) won't have to be made to feel like property, or where she won't have to fear saying no to men. But I know it's not going to happen. It's heartbreaking. But it feels nice to read posts like this that remind me that there are still many good men in the world. Keep spreading the message. We need all the help we can get.
Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! You truly get it, and you are "standing up" for women, in the best, most audible, way. THANK YOU, for saying out loud what we women have said innumerable times, to only have our voices carried off in the wind. Thank you, for hearing us, and for caring for us in the best of ways. THANK YOU!
I (60F) work on a military base as a civilian. I volunteer, along with other civilians, some of whom are retired military, disabled military, or former military (veterans all). I'm not sure what the common thread is, and I don't mean to insinuate that it's the military. However... some of these guys are the absolute *worst* when it comes to entitlement with the women there, myself included. I work with--and am dear friends with--a very well-educated, strong, street-smart, world-wise woman. She also happens to be extremely attractive. My goodness, what they put this poor woman through. It's a long, convoluted, UGLY story, and I'll spare the details. But because these "men" have lifetime passes as retired/disabled military, they canNOT be restricted from the base. And the choir-boy captain who is the bigshot decision-maker refuses to restrict them from the organization premises within the base. It got so damn ugly. They targeted my friend (and me for being her friend and standing steadfastly at her side) because she refused to kowtow to them. And with a lack of support from Captain Choirboy, either she could put up with the harassment and do what she loves, or surrender what she loves just to gtf away from them.
What would you do? :(
Generations of women who’ve been assaulted are hoping this message gets through.
Thank you for getting it. This shit is dangerous and exhausting.
Everyone needs to buy into this.Boys and girls are treated differently from birth. Better now than when I was growing up but there’s a long way to go.
It permeates our culture. Calling it out is the only way to even realize it’s there sometimes. Also, it isn’t about blaming or a guilt trip. We are all a product of it. Just own up to the impact the behavior has and vow to change it. Whether you’ve done it and need to change or call it out in others. Especially be aware of the internal voice that echoes these types of views. We can all do better. #Respect
Impressive. It’s shocking and worrying how films and media portray relationships… amongst the most famous show/films. Equality exists only on paper.
I absolutely wholeheartedly agree with you James, it's not enough just to treat women well. We have to work to make sure all men treat women well.
Oh my gosh... love this so much! I’m 65 years old and I still just learned how to articulate these facts from reading this article! Thank you so very much!
Thank you for this.