Because my male friends have used physical force to prevent me from leaving a bar and walking home alone.
Because I feel less safe in a taxi.
Because helping a woman escape unwanted attention = cockblocking.
Because apparently a man changing his opinion of my moral standing is the only motivation I have for turning him down.
Because the creep outside my window only left after he saw there was a guy in the house.
Because I didn’t realise how effective “I have a boyfriend” is until I got one.
Because I can’t work out at home some days due to the audience it gathers.
Because I was told I needed to make more of an effort at work when I didn’t wear make up one day.
Because I was told to remove my makeup when I wasn’t wearing any.
Because I got in trouble for insulting a boy at school who frequently lifted up my dress.
Because I also got in trouble for wearing shorts instead.
Because he was not reprimanded at all – boys will be boys, yadda yadda yadda.
Because taking bets on my bra size was deemed acceptable workplace behaviour.
Because I wear a sports bra if I am feeling particularly averse to attention that day.
Because it works.
Because when a stranger put his whole face in my cleavage last weekend, it was “hilarious”.
Because men who make their wives uncomfortable by flirting with me are the best tippers.
Because I was told I would lose my job if I refused service to a male customer who physically hurt me inside the store.
Because I am not overreacting, I am not hysterical, I am not on my period and I do not need to relax.
Because I’ve watched people make rape jokes in front of friends who were raped.
Because NONE of them reported it.
My experience as a woman is unnacceptable, but unexceptional – which is exactly why I’m thrilled that #yesallwomen is making headlines and equally thrilled that #notallmen are passing it off as hysteria. Nice one, internet!