Breakfast Chats | I'm a Pretty Little... Thing?!

by - July 07, 2017

What's up with this constant need of men to treat women like objects? And what's up with men harassing random women in the street?
Last Tuesday was pretty hot. I thought to myself "I'm obviously gonna wear shorts, it's way too hot". On my way to work that morning, I regret it deeply. It's about half an hour from my house to work and during those 30 minutes, I was harassed three times. For some of you, that might not be much but if you knew what harassment feels like you'd be just as terrified as I was. These men harrassed me for whatever reasons. Maybe they thought I'd like it, maybe they thought I was asking for it because I was showing my legs, maybe they knew perfectly well that it would hurt me but did it anyway out of pure cruelty. I don't know why and I don't care.
Out of all the things I heard that day, the one that stuck to me the most was when this man in a van called a "pretty little thing". To him, I was a thing. An object, something to use and do whatever he wanted. A thing. Is that what women are? Things? I have a job, just like you. I have a family, just like you. I have a brain, a stomach, a heart, just like you. I'm a human being just like you, why is that hard to understand?
I was having such a great week. I was so happy because of the awesome weekend I had, I was so motivated to work, and this completely ruined it. A part of me didn't want to let this ruin my mood but something in me couldn't help it. All day, I tried to forget it and it was even my nephew's birthday so it was supposed to be a fun day and I did have fun but those comments from those strange men never left my mind.
I'm not writing this post to make anyone feel sorry for me because I believe I'm a strong woman and weak sexist men don't hurt me but all of this left me thinking of how much we need feminism. It left me thinking of the disgusting men that will harass my nieces one day (if they haven't already) and even my future daughters (if I ever have any) and that makes me madder than anything.
All I can ask is for all of you reading this to prevent this by teaching boys that this is not okay. Teach children not to harass women instead of teaching girls to cover their bodies to protect themselves from these men. It's not women's duty to live their lives in fear of being harassed, raped, kidnapped. It's, in fact, men's duty to act like a decent human being.

I hope you're having a great day, 
Marta Ribeiro xx 

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  1. Yesss, preach!

    Men are such a disgusting, sexist pigs.

    1. Unfortunately most men are that way. There are some hidden gems around but with time I believe this will become the normality and I hope to live in a world where no one is treated differently because of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.


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