It’s #NotAllMen and Yet It’s #AlwaysaMan Leaving These Kinds of Comments

As a whole, you guys aren’t looking good

Suzanna Quintana
The Virago

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Photo by Gilles Lambert on Unsplash

Can’t a girl express herself in peace?

And by peace, I don’t mean someone disagreeing with something I write or say. I welcome argument when it comes from a place of respectful discourse.

I’m talking about those things I write or say that rub certain male people the wrong way.

Such as when I speak about the right of women to exist without fear of bodily or emotional harm, or when I refuse to be silent about abusive men. Or when I bring my history degree to the table along with my personal experience and call out bullshit when I see it.

Why this gets the goat of some men I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t like a woman speaking her mind. Maybe they don’t like educated women.

“Soon she starts getting ideas and thinking…”Gaston in Beauty and the Beast

Or maybe they just don’t like…women.

Naturally, I’ve been aware since I was a wee lass that there are those kinds of guys in the world. The ones who are pissed just because I dare take up space on the planet.

But when I — or any woman — speak to the issue of why some men are dicks, we’re inevitably met with…

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Suzanna Quintana
The Virago

My voice is my superpower. Editor-in-Chief of The Virago. Founder of The Online Sanctuary for Healing After Narcissistic Abuse. www.suzannaquintana.com