Let’s just start by stating the obvious: being a woman is fucking hard. Between the shitty maternity leave and unequal pay and uncomfortable shoes, it’s damn hard to be a woman.
But throw in rape culture and sexual harassment and assholes in positions of power who are hellbent on protecting other asshole male predators… well, it’s a freaking miracle we don’t lose our shit on the regular.
how do women not die of rage aneurysms every single day
— David Roberts (@drvox) September 17, 2018
I mean, seriously, David Roberts has a point. How do we not die of rage aneurysms? We’re on the verge, people, that’s for damn sure. On.The.Freaking.Verge.
Why you ask?
Well, maybe it’s because we’re sick of being scared when we walk alone, or go to work, or ride in a cab, or do pretty much anything.
I love being a woman, but god damn I would love to be a man just for one day so I could walk alone at night, ride an elevator with a stranger, wait for the bus when it’s dark, sit alone in a cab, let someone buy me a drink;
without feeling scared.
— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) September 20, 2018
We’re sick of shitty behavior being written off as “boys being boys.”
Dear Teenage Boys,
Despite what you may hear from ‘adults’, it is not “boys being boys” or “harmless fun” or in any other way ok to touch a woman sexually without her crystal clear consent.
Dear Teenage Girls,
Don’t keep that shit inside. We believe you. Also… Punch. Hard.
— Johnathan McClain (@MisterJMcClain) September 20, 2018
And we’ve had it up to here with the mansplaining.
I jokingly apologized to someone I just met because I’m bad at remembering names and wanted to warn him.
He then proceeded to mansplain to me about the correct way to remember names.
He ended by calling me Kayla.
My name is Kristin. pic.twitter.com/ShhdjOdO8W
— Fox @ Halloween Ho (@TheAlchemicFox) September 22, 2018
Oh, and emotional labor is exhausting AF.
I'm so tired of performing emotional labor to reassure men that they're "one of the good ones" when I only see them acting like allies when there are women watching & they never actually call out other men.
MEN: IF YOU AREN'T MAKING OTHER MEN UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) September 18, 2018
Or maybe it’s because people are more concerned about asking why women don’t report rape, instead of questioning why men rape.
instead of asking why women don't report rape, maybe ask why men rape in the first place
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) September 21, 2018
And when they do come forward, they get death threats. DEATH THREATS.
Isn’t this adorable?
Meanwhile, Dr. Ford is in hiding due to death threats.
This is how it works: the rapist gets cute little anecdotes about his wife handing out cupcakes; the victim gets death threats.
Thanks for the breaking news. https://t.co/9i88FZS9i8
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) September 18, 2018
Which leaves only one solution: START OVER. We need burn the this whole shitty culture of toxic masculinity and the patriarchy to the ground. Let’s start fresh.
Lots of people ask me how to inspire young girls to study math and science so here are my simple steps for that:
1) burn the patriarchy to the ground
— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) September 17, 2018
But even though we want to burn this whole damn thing to the ground and start over, we fend off the looming rage aneurysms because we’ve got too much shit to do.
To Do List:
Unfriend Your Racist Uncle
Buy Some New Lipstick
Grab a latte
— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) September 22, 2018
And know that there’s too much on the line to quit now.
Am I tired? Yes.
Am I exhausted? Sometimes.
Am I outraged? All the time.
Is it worth it? Absolutely.
Why? Because, in 20, 30, 40, 50 years, when people ask: Why didn’t they fight back? I can honestly say: We did.
— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) September 12, 2018
Let’s do this.