I guess you can call me an optimist because I thought with this whole Harvey Weinstein thing going on, people would be more aware of what is not acceptable. Wow was I wrong.
Talked to my friend the other day and in two days she was sexually harassed THREE times! THREE TIMES! I mean I get that she’s pretty so guys would want her number, but to say what they have appalls me.
Two of them really stuck out in my head. First one being while she was freaking GIVING BLOOD. No joke. The guy was putting the needle in her arm (and wasn’t focusing on his task because he basically mutilated her arm, poor girl) and asked her if she has any repertory issues. She said she has asthma and he was like, “Oh, I’ll keep that in mind when I get you in bed.” Like wtf? And of course, since the needle was in her arm, she couldn’t just bolt. Thankfully she reported it. But still, who taught him that was acceptable?
The other one was when she was at work. She was grabbing something to bring inside and someone asked if he could ask her a question. She gets asked stuff all the time at work so was like ok what’s up? He then asked if she would suck his d*ck! She threw what she was holding out between them and ran inside to call the police.
Seriously? I get guys are given pressure to be “macho” but let’s admit it: that’s crossing the line. It is beyond not acceptable. It’s not like he was benching 150 pounds to impress her, this was just illegal, and clearly known as to why for most.
The fact that you can’t even give blood without having to be put in such a situation is repulsive. And it makes me just plain mad.
How about we bring back consideration and teaching respect? How about instead of pushing people to be a certain way or giving off a certain image we teach them manners and kindness? I get that a handful of women like the attention from cat calls, but I’ve been cat called and let me tell you, it made me feel like nothing. I felt small and like my value as a human being didn’t matter. No lie, I was nearly in tears. And that’s the tip of the iceberg.
So to all of you out there that have been in that situation or worse, I feel you and am sorry you were in such a predicament. I can only hope the attention this subject (and worse) are getting will bring this matter to the spotlight and everyone will be able to give blood without the worry of such a matter.