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I can be your great friend even your partner in life
I can be your ally, your counselor and the one who sticks with you
I can be any of all, it depends on what you call me
But I won’t be the one who obeys because my body belongs to me
I decide my time however and whenever I want
I was born independent, I decided independently
I don’t walk behind you, I walk beside you
You will not humiliate me, you will not yell at me
You will not make me submit, you will not hit me
You will not denigrate me, you will not obligate me
You will not silence me, you will not shut me up
Not submissive nor obedient
Insurgent strong woman
Independent and brave
Breaking the chains of indifference
Not passive nor oppressed
Pretty woman who gives life
Emancipated, in autonomy
Anti-patriarchy and joy
Let’s go liberate
I can be a housewife, an employee or an intellectual
I can be the protagonist of our story and the one who shakes up
The people in the community, the one who wakes the neighborhood
The one who organizes the economy of her home and her family
Pretty woman stands up
And breaks the chains of the skin
Don’t worry about forgetting something that happened in June… we’ve got your back.
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Rape Culture– Cover Your Eyes
Inform your harasser that he is a scrub, and alas, you don’t want no scrubs.
Despite what some apologists will say, a catcall is meant to degrade you, not compliment you. So it can be gratifying to turn it on its head, and pretend that a comment hollered across the street really was the highlight of your day. “Oh my god, a man has deemed me attractive! I AM TRULY BLESSED. WILL YOU MARRY ME SIR? I WAS NOTHING BEFORE YOU VALIDATED MY EXISTENCE TODAY!”
There’s nothing more off-putting than getting a taste of your own medicine. So if a catcaller “compliments” a specific part of your body, get back at them by flinging the same “compliment” right back at them. And if they don’t have that same body part, you can always go for the good ol’ “Damn, I love that tiny d*ck of yours!”
You can shame your catcaller for their rudeness, their cowardice, or even their lack of game: “Is that the best you can do? Does that line ever work?” Men who catcall women aren’t actually trying to pick them up, they just want to let them know they are being ogled. Shaming them lets them know that they are truly misguided.
Every moment is a teachable moment, right? Who doesn’t love a feminist rant?? You certainly don’t have any duty to educate anyone about anything, especially some catcaller — but if you feel like it, put those women’s studies classes to work. “Sir, your MALE GAZE is unwanted here,” “Your phallocentrism is showing,” “Ever thought about stepping outside of your gender role and not catcalling women?” “It’s pretty heterocentric of you to think I want you” and “I won’t stand for this oppression” are all good ones.
This isn’t wacky or silly, but a simple technique that might make you feel safer when being harassed (plus, OK, it does embarrass harassers at least a little). Announce loudly “Sir, I do not know you, please do not talk to me.” Others will hear you, and may even throw a death stare your harasser’s way for you.
Check out the original article on Bustle
Drive by harassment. Boys in a car attempted to get me to bend over (in a dress) by saying I dropped something.