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Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.
Harassment is disrespecting boundaries in such a way that reinforces a lack of autonomy over your body. Of course it makes many people uncomfortable.
First of all, I’m so sorry that you had to go through that. I know my apology basically means nothing, but I want you to know that no assault is ever the victim’s fault. Ever. For any reason.
I’m not sure if I’m understanding your question correctly (it’s definitely not a dumb one) so please, if I don’t answer it, re-ask!
Sexism is an institutional form of oppression that discriminates based on gender presentation. Specifically, sexism privileges cisgender men (or men who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth) over cisgender women, and everyone else, really. Sexism results in misogyny, which is hatred of women. There are two kinds: benevolent sexism (or sexism that appears innocent and well-intentioned) and intentional sexism (which doesn’t). Feminism 101 has a really excellent FAQ answer if you’re interested in a much more in-depth answer.
Feminism is a movement dedicated to the equality of all people (or at least my feminism is — it’s significantly more complicated than that, due to a fun little thing known as intersectionality and who acknowledges it and who doesn’t) specifically via the liberation of women, be they cis or trans* (again, the only feminism I recognize as worthwhile is intersectional; I am not trying to suggest that feminism as a whole is accepting or inclusive, because it absolutely is not). The modern feminist movement focuses on media visibility, reproductive rights, and sexual assault. I’m going to point you at Feminism 101 again because it’s a great resource, and their rundown of feminism is an amazing one. They have a lot of great reading, actually.