Thank you writing this piece. I must admit it made me cry. It kicked me in the gut. It made me sick to my stomach, because I lived this scenario. And I despise myself for cow-towing to the pressure of wanting to be accepted at any cost. Shame on me.
But, just because I was young and stupid does not mean we can’t open up this can of wretchedness and give young women permission to say “No”. Encourage and empower them to say, “I demand to be respected.”
I am now a warrior against men who objectify women. I intend to be fearless. I intend to be in their face, make them uncomfortable, and kick them in the balls, if necessary.
Keep up the good fight, Lady Warrior.