To The Gentleman

Let me show you where my innocence lies.
I want you to see where I nearly died.
It starts with society. We raise our children with set notions and instill attitudes that last through generations. I’m not talking solely about girls in pink with Barbies and boys in blue with G.I. Joes. I’m addressing a nation that is teaching shame and hatred to all the young girls and boys. Not all of the kids subscribe to the indoctrination that we shove in their face, hidden in the ideals of “normality”.We teach that the female body is shameful. It is something to be hidden. It is something that turns sane men into criminals and savages. What is the sex appeal of budding globs of fat on a woman’s body. If men can walk around topless why couldn’t I? Before the time I was sixteen, I was flat chested as any guy at that age and probably as much muscle mass. Why is it so wrong? Even if it does arouse people, shouldn’t they have the restraint in their will not to act on primal urges? That is where we are teaching more inaccuracies, “boys will be boys” is wrong. They should be held accountable for their actions, not excused. This leads to the pathetic excuses similar to “her clothing provoked me”. There is no excuse to despicable behavior like this. No one should have to experience that pain, it is suffocating. The pain and shame that hang around your neck elicit irrational responses. You must have deserved it. It wasn’t really rape or sexual assault. This is wrong. This needs to end. For the women and men who have been traumatized by the actions and the social backlash that accompanies it, know that you are not alone and that change and healing can happen.
I plead to you, Gentlemen.
Remember this when the person you plan to get intimate with is incoherent due to drugs or alcohol. Remember it when you someone being harassed, it doesn’t take much to make that person’s day better. Remember this when you hold your younger family members. You have an impact on society. Please help teach the boys of tomorrow that women do not owe them sex, that they are responsible for their actions, and that this era demands for there to be equality for gender and social class.

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