Ever Dreamscape was one of the most fiercely independent and outspoken women I’ve known and I can’t help but wonder what form her outrage over the recent Hollywood sexual harassment issues would take. After much thought I believe that like me she’d adopt a “Fuck ’em, but not in the way they want” attitude.
Sexual harassment is a violation of civil liberties; devaluing another because of who they are for one’s own gain. Any gender can sexually harass – even same gender – but primarily, it seems, men hate on women. Yes, hate. A complete lack of respect and a denial of dignity.
When I started my crusade for Topless Tuesday it was to show that men and women are not on equal footing. Women are often devalued by being denied the same rights. Men can be sans-shirt in places women cannot be, but why?
“The weaker sex can be taken advantage of! We must protect them!”
“Fuck you!” I say. The subtext is that men cannot control themselves. Grow up (or grow a pair?) and see women as fully-functional members of society. Give us our due dignity and rights.
It is time women fought back. We talk to each other, you know. We tell each other who YOU are. For too long we’ve left the battle at just passing information. It is time we stand up for what is right and fight back.
It is time for men to stand up, too, and let women have our rights. Let us be topless if we wish and for the goddess’s sake, let us have the same respect all humans deserve.