The last two posts have been about our appearances and creating healthy relationships with the way we view ourselves. Adding to that, I also wrote about how often we become offended by men and certain comments they feel compelled to say. So, this post is going to be about sexism, which is a real thing in our day to day lives. Whether we are shopping, working, or eating at a restaurant we can become subjected to it.
Sexism is when a person does or says something inappropriately, stereotypes or discriminates you based on your gender.
I think it is very important to have a good understanding of ourselves when it comes to handling a situation where we feel uncomfortable or unvalued. Many people try to bury this type of situation. No one likes to feel wrong and, often, when we decide to speak up about something like sexism, it can be quite frustrating because many people just refute that it’s happening. So, how do we deal with certain people who are disrespectful and inconsiderate? How many of us have been subjected to name calling and even being touched when it wasn’t warranted? I know it is a lot of us. How do we deal with it in a respectable and graceful manner without seeming like the “scary hardcore feminist”?* Every situation is different and I can’t exactly tell you what to do in every situation. I do know it is important to pick your fights.
We can’t control what every person says or does.
Even though it is annoying and disrespectful, we must also learn to let some things go. Although,there are certain situations where you should speak up and you are to determine that. I know we all have our fair share of stories and so do I. Some I am quite proud off and others not so much. I take it as a learning experience. I have learned how to treat myself with respect and show others how I wish to be treated. I don’t allow anyone to undermine who I am and what I am capable of just because I am a woman. You are entitled to your feelings, your opinions and YOUR BODY! Don’t let anyone makes you feel inferior because of your gender. If you feel uncomfortable you are completely in the right to say or do something about it.
We are worth fighting for.
You are in control of how you view yourself, so let it be beautiful!
*author’s note: this is not so much offensive as it is annoying!!