We should teach young boys to respect women, but we should also teach young girls to respect women. Women should not see each other as enemies, but as allies. Stop telling young girls that the best they can be is “not like other girls”.
Oh my God. Fucking This.
When I was in high school you know who made fun of me?
You know who made mean, nasty, hurtful comments about my insane breast development?
You know why I was convinced that I was severely overweight when I weighed 135-140 lbs (with Fcup breasts at 5’4”)?
Because girls called me fat. And obese. And made fun of me constantly for having hips.
You know who wrote my phone number on bathroom stalls saying “Tell your man for a good time?”
You know who called me a slut, whore, chicken head, and every variation in between, despite the fact that I had a steady boyfriend for my entire high school career and didn’t lose my virginity until after I graduated high school?
Did boys say hurtful things and treat me like shit? Not really. There were maybe three guys that I can recall that treated me like shit because I didn’t fit their standards apparently. But you want to know who did all that emotional damage?
Girls. Girls are fucking mean to other girls. I had the misfortune of developing fairly early and had very large breasts so girls hated me. They were mean, nasty, and horrible to me. One guy in high school made me cry by saying something really hurtful. I can’t even count how many girls did. I always see posts about teaching guys to respect women but holy shit, in my experience it wasn’t the guys that were the problem.