This video may be very triggersome. But it is so powerful and made me realize some deep, dark truths that I felt compelled to share.
As I watched this video, my first thoughts were of times I felt violated, of the stories I’ve listened to from tearful friend, and I wonder how these men could ever think this is okay to do this to another woman.
And then as I watch further, I realize I’m just as guilty.
I’m guilty of laughing at crude jokes that objectify women.
I’m guilty of judging another woman based on her outfit, a rumor.
I’m guilty of perpetuating rape culture.
I’m guilty of being silent, and in being silent, condoning this type of culture.
My #metoo hashtag isn’t my story of my experiences being objectified because I was born with an extra X chromosome.
My #metoo is because I’m guilty of not speaking up, not respecting my own sex. I’m guilty of perpetuating rape culture, a culture that says it’s okay to treat women disrespectfully.
I can’t change my past actions, but I can change my mindset right now, and make it my personal promise to gently hold myself and my peers to a higher standard so that we can change this culture to a better one.