It may be 2017, but believe or not some people haven't caught up to the rest of us when it comes to gender equality. Unfortunately, sexism is still very prevalent in our societies and though it may go noticed, there are many instances in which men are given priority and power over women. For example, there is still a huge gender pay gap, male leaders are deciding what women should do with their uterus, Russia is decriminalizing domestic abuse, and women in Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to drive.
Women have been drawing attention and speaking up about these issues which sometimes does yield positive results. For instance, women fought for their right to vote in the U.S. which was granted to them in 1920. Even with such progress their voices are muffled by the defenders of male privilege. Yes, thats a real thing. Male privilege is everywhere - in the workplace, in relationships, and on the streets.
For one 19-year old girl, she started experiencing this male dominance at the age of 6 and it has not yet stopped. Since many women are ridiculed or silenced for speaking out, she penned a heartbreaking letter that gave the reader a jist of what it has been like for her growing up in a man's world.
"At eighteen, I was told that sexism doesn’t exist in modern society.I was told that harassment couldn’t be as bad as us women make it out to be.That I should watch what I wear. Never mind you were six, never mind you were wearing pink pajamas.That I should be louder. But not too loud, a lady must be polite."
The emotional letter was posted on the Open Letters That Matter Facebook page and resonated with thousands of women despite the author being anonymous. It has since gotten a ton of traction and over 190,000 shares. The letter was originally shared on Glasnot, NLU Delhi's Student Newspaper's website back in 2015.
Grab some tissues and check out the full letter (Trigger Warning):
No one should ever have to go through this. Share if you agree!