As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are 14, and it never stops

 

You may have noticed the #yesallwomen hashtag over on Twitter, and I've been enjoying the feeling of solidarity of sense and rational thought. This particular tweet struck such a chord with me, I thought I'd share it.

"As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are 14, and it never stops"

Such a heartbreakingly true statement. We learn from such a young age to be constantly aware of ourselves, in ways that I'm convinced young men are not.

To be aware of who sits next to you on the bus; the uncertainty of whether to respond to men who call out as you as walk past; the debate about which is safer - walking home or getting a cab; being told not to leave your drink unattended; to be shamed for being a 'slut' or for being 'frigid'; having men grab you in nightclubs; being pressured into saying yes and considering that it may just be 'easier' to give in; the fact that your clothing choices can be used to excuse men's behaviour; to having to say you're in a relationship to get a man to leave you alone - simply saying no isn't sufficient.

If you're on twitter, go and join in!