And, as Boycott points out, if a woman objects to any of this – even if it makes her feel uncomfortable – she is somehow seen as poo-faced or not a good sport.” —
Guardian UK Article “Why Sexism is no Laughing Matter”
This seriously just fucking happened to me. I work at a University that has a predominantly male student body. As I was walking through the campus on my way assist with registration I passed a young male student who called out to me, “Lookin’ good”. I was so taken aback that my feet kept moving even though my brain was still processing what I immediately felt like an insult rather than a compliment. As I continued in silence he followed up with a loud, “You’re welcome”.
I am still fuming when I think about that encounter. I do not exist for someone else’s pleasure. My body and being are not for another’s entertainment or judgement. There was no reason for me to thank him. I do not owe him that. I do not owe anyone that. My body is just that, mine.
Gustavo Gutierrez (via thingsandschemes)