According to my phone, today is October 31, 2017, decades since women were not allowed to vote in our country, head fortune 500 companies, crash glass ceilings, or even run for presidency. All of the above proves American women have been empowered. There is no reason to fear Standing UP against sexual harassment and the debilitating effects it has on women.
Months ago, it was Bill Cosby heading the spotlight. Now, it’s Harvey Weinstein. Not for philanthropy or an all-star cast blockbuster movie, but for sexual harassment, rape, degradation. The allegations go on and on, leading America, Hollywood to magnify the so-called petty gestures, maneuvers, manipulations that are edited right out of E-News, Extra, the bright lights, the headlines. Why? Could it be that we as mothers have not done our job? Have we not taught our daughters to Stand UP…against sexual harassment? Or have too many generations passed the subject along, down to the next, tossed it aside, shoved it under the desk, under the carpet, in the closet? Maybe? Maybe not? Perhaps women have been so busy making strides, impressing ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, our families, our men, our bank accounts that we ignored the signs, the red flags. Or did we? Perhaps we saw the glossy, mettalic finish flashing right at us, like a firey hot neon sign, but the going was gettin so good–too good to stop and snitch, fix the problem–a problem that might suddenly lead us to be known as THE PROBLEM, ruin our chance of becoming the next CEO, the next CFO, the next Operating Manager, President, or maybe even Oscar winner. So we side swiped the pat on the butt, the doggy laps, the goo-goo eyes, and the profane boob-job talk regarding the new breast we were forced to purchase after undergoing a mastecomy.
Then, I remind myself that more than 20 years ago we had a chance to Stand UP with Anita Hill who stood alone against a powerful judge and senate. Since then we’ve had many chances to Stand UP against sexual harassment and be counted for—counted as impressionable examples for our daughters. But we chose to zip our lips, standby, watch while we ourselves and others underwent sexual harrassment in the workplace, at church, on the golf course, basketball courts, locker rooms and even in our so-called loving homes. Now the subject continues to linger, harness, engulf our society because we chose not to Stand UP together. We chose to stand alone in pockets across America– pockets that won this one and that one a law suit, attention directed at the problem, enough to say I stood UP, not we stood UP. Enough to gain heedance, yet miles and miles away from solving the problem. Now its time. Its time for us as women to ignore the color of our skin, ignire our age, our status, our background, religion, ideology and Stand UP…Together…As One…Against Sexual Harassment.
In essence, prolonging the agony of standing UP, whether alone or together doesn’t prevent the inevitable. So stand UP, while you can and by God, and I mean that literally, teach your daughters to Stand UP against sexual harassment. Teach them that Standing UP, especially alone, can feel devastating and almost tragic. Yet, the culmination of that horrific moment and your guidance can lead to rectifying years of overlooking sexual harassment and ultumately lead to standing UP for others–forever.
Need assistance guiding your daughter in the right direction? Follow us on https://mamasgotanewread.wordpress.com where interesting reads on how to Stand UP are featured this month. For immediate assistance dial 911 or The Sexual Assault Hotline @ 1-800-656-4673 where help is only a call away.
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