🔥Thinking about the fire that has and is raging in our bellies. A fire which has been stoked since childhood with insults, exclusion and abuse and has grown in adulthood to the size of a fucking forest fire. The accumulation of years of shit being thrown our way. All the while being told to smile and nod and keep silent, because that's what 'good girls' do. They shut the fuck up and accept things "as they are" because girls aren't "logical" or "analytical" enough to view a situation and suggest a better kind of reality. Thinking about speaking our truths and refusing to stay silent when we are harassed, objectified, gaslit or infantilised. Thinking about the times our tears have been mistaken for weakness or over-sensitivity, when they were more likely a manifestation of deeply rooted rage, despair and injustice. Thinking about taking a match to toxic masculinity, sexual entitlement and misogyny and burning the whole fucking thing to the ground. We aren't even close to being done. I'm really glad for you if this hasn't been your experience, but for many girls and women, it has been.
"We are also supposed to put other people’s comfort before our own in every remotely sexual situation. We must not be rude. We must not upset or threaten the man. We must say no when we mean it, but we must take care not to offend him or threaten his masculinity, because heaven knows what will happen then. That’s where this backlash has backfired. Instead of exposing a movement that has overreached itself, instead of proving that MeToo is simply, as a well-reported letter in the French press put it, an attack on men, it has opened up a whole new conversation about what we expect from sex, even when it is technically consensual. It turns out that we’re not done here." __________________________________________________~Words by Laurie Penny & embroidered tee by @kingsophiesworld