As a child, I always saw everyone as equals. I never considered the color of skin, nationality, sex, or any of that stuff. I just always felt everyone was equal, and everyone had a contributing part in our society. That’s just how I saw it. I treated people how I wanted to be treated and if someone treated me wrong, I didn’t mess with them anymore. Today I read a couple of articles that made me think about a woman’s struggle in this world. I’ve never given much thought to a woman’s image being tied so much to who she is in society until I read those articles.
This morning, while scanning over headlines on internet news sites, I read an article that stuck with me all day. It was regarding the actress in those AT&T commercials, Milana Vayntrub. She was addressing peoples’ concerns about why they have her behind a counter in the newer AT&T commercials, basically obscuring the view of her. She was addressing the online sexual harassment that she receives. Well, as a male, I want to say, good for her for standing up and speaking out about it. You know, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” That day still hasn’t come in this country, but in that same vein, women should be judged by the content of their character and not by how attractive they are to men. Later in the day, I read another article written by a woman who had just come off one of those days that could be considered a highlight in your life only to have it ruined by three drunk guys on a train sexually harassing her. How do you think those guys would’ve felt if that would’ve happened to their mother, sister, wife, or daughter? That amount of forethought is never given by those people.
Our society has nurtured this behavior. Think about this. If a woman is having a bad day, one of the first things people offer to them in a pep talk is, “You’re so beautiful.” That’s a pretty lame pep talk. Think about it. Let’s say I feel like the dumbest, most useless person in the world. I have no attributes to offer the professional world. Then someone comes up and tells me, “well, you’re beautiful.” Great! You pretty much just said, “At least you can be a prostitute.”
Do you see what I’m getting at? Women aren’t taken seriously enough in our male-dominated society. They have been told since the beginning of our existence to shut up and be pretty. That’s the only way for them to be successful. If you look back through the history of the United States, women weren’t granted full equal rights as men until well after slavery was abolished. Now think about if you are a woman in a minority group. Great strides are being made though, look at our Vice President. There can be more done.
In this male-dominated society, women should be held as equals to men. The sexual harassment and online catcalling of women should be called out and addressed when it occurs. Furthermore, addressing a woman’s appearance before anything else about her shows shallowness and contempt for her character. It’s time to take this a little more seriously than we take it as a society and treat all HUMANS as equals.