Have you ever?

I wonder, have you ever crossed the street because of a male approaching you? I wonder, have you ever put a hat and sunglasses on in hopes of less cat calling. I wonder, have you ever had a man ask you out then verbally assault you when you say no thank you. I wonder, have you ever been leered at like a piece of meat while walking down the street?  I wonder, do you think I like the attention? I wonder, do you know how uncomfortable it makes us? I wonder, have you ever walked alone at night while constantly checking your surroundings? I wonder, have you ever had to say “I’m in a relationship” because you didn’t want to get into an endless conversation of why you’re not interested? I wonder, have you ever had someone yell obscenities at you from a car? I wonder, have you ever had a man put his hand on you without your permission? I wonder, have you ever told someone you were harmed just to be called a liar? I wonder, have you ever been told to dress more conservative because you’re distracting? I wonder, have you ever been objectified just to have the blame placed on you? I wonder, have you ever had your self worth based purely on your appearance? I wonder, have you ever had someone tell you you’re wrong because of your gender? I wonder, have you ever been told “no” because of your gender? I wonder, have you been paid less because of your gender? I wonder, have you ever had someone feel entitled to objectify and criticize you? I wonder, have you ever been told to tone down the profanities because of your gender? 

I wonder, are you aware of the inequality? I wonder, do you think we’re asking too much? I wonder, do you think of your mother, your sister, your girlfriend or wife when you read this? I wonder, do you see the issues surrounding us? I wonder, is this the world we want to live in? I wonder, is this how we want to raise our children? 

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