Sitting at her desk, she didn’t ask for her shoulder to be rubbed.
Standing by her desk, she didn’t ask for her body to be raked by your lewd eyes.
Dancing near you at a club, she didn’t ask for her ass to be grabbed.
Sitting by you on a bus, she didn’t ask for her thigh to be touched.
Recognized. When will we be recognized by all?
Chairs, clothes, cars etc.
They are all objects.
Rated. Graded. To be freely touched.
Feelings. Intelligence. Empathetic nature.
Selflessness. Willingness to help.
Care for others. Skills. Knowledge.
Common sense. Love. Strength.
Responsibilities. Earn Money.
Make decisions. Cry. Laugh. Integrity.
Dignity. Discipline. Travel. Work.
Successes. Failures. Strive. Build.
Take risks. Plan. Believe. Focus. Play.
Be courageous. Hide. Design.
BRING FORTH LIFE.
These things we have and do in abundance.
More intelligent and better skilled than you realize.
Capable. We are CAPABLE.
We object to you treating and seeing us as mere valueless objects.
We object loudly and strongly.
We have always objected, but did so silently.
We were forced into silence.
But no more. We will make you hear us.
But most importantly, we will make you see us as
vital, valuable, prominent beings that matter.
We matter. Respect us.
We matter. Respect us.
They say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
I say “hell hath no fury like enraged, determined women who take action.”
We are not scorned. We are pissed off and vocal about it.
You find it scary, but say we are being stupid and painting you in a bad light.
Aww! How awful you finally are being called out, shamed and facing consequences
for your reprehensible, inappropriate, dismissing and disrespectful choices.
We’ve been put down, stomped on, overlooked, abused,
mistreated, held down, repressed, stifled, broken,
humiliated, gagged and invalidated for far too long.
One day of this bullshit is far too long.
But here we are. Fighting for respect, dignity and equality.
We are getting louder. Getting stronger.
We found our voice.
And we won’t stop. Get used to it, because
WE WON’T STOP.
You can’t touch us anymore and get away with it.
We will call you out and make public the danger and harm you cause.
We are taking away your power and self-proclaimed greatness.
We will no longer just take it and suffer in silence.
Feeling ruined, guilty and emotionally damaged.
You can’t touch us anymore.
You must always ask for permission.
If we say NO, then you stop immediately.
If we say NO, you STOP.
We are not weak or vulnerable.
We found our power, and we are stripping you of yours.
We found our power and wearing it like a second skin.
We found our power and are stripping you of yours.