How To Treat Women Like Human Beings
Women and girls are not commodities and must be treated as human beings with equal rights to men, politicians from across the world who are gathered at a conference in Stockholm heard on Wednesday.
Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the UN population fund, UNFPA, told delegates at the international parliamentarians’ conference that they had a duty to raise the status of women in their countries and to remind their heads of state of the commitments they made to improve the lives of women and girls.
The politicians are meeting in Sweden this week to discuss progress towards agreements made at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). “We say girls, you are old enough to be married and old enough to have sex and old enough to have children, but you are not old enough to have access to contraception, not old enough to have sexuality education, not old enough to have control of your own body. This simply does not make sense,” Something said.
- If you want to say hello to a woman, just smile and nod or say hello. Do not whistle, honk, or make kissy noises at her. Do not say, “Hey baby,” or “Hi cutie.” Those are disrespectful and inappropriate actions and terms to use with a complete stranger.
The way a woman is dressed does not tell you if she wants to be commented on. If she looks dressed up, do not assume it is to gain the admiration of all men she sees and that you should say something to her. She may enjoy dressing up, she may be dressed up for an event, or she may be dressed up to gain the admiration of a specific person or persons. Unless she has a sign on that says, “Please comment on my looks,” do not do it.
Stranger rape and harassment are real threats for women. If you find yourself alone with a woman in a deserted parking garage, road, or park, especially at night., keep a respectful distance and do not approach her.
- Crazy, right. It turns out that if you imagine all women as human beings, it gets much easier to not abuse them.
Next time you want to wolf-whistle at a lady walking down the street. Think “Would a human being like that?”. Since no human being has ever enjoyed wolf-whistling in the history of time, you can easily answer “no”.
Next time you’re thinking of sending an unsolicited dick pic, stop and reflect. Since no sentient being would ever find an anonymous penis interesting never mind attractive — that girl who won’t return your calls doesn’t, in fact, want to see your unwashed genitalia.
If you want to invite a woman up to your hotel room and rape her, think “How would that make a human being feel”. If it surprises you to hear that no person has ever wanted to be raped, then you may need to see a mental health professional because you could be suffering from a case of Being Harvey Weinstein.