And these are the women who are raising the men that go out into the world. They enter society with a low opinion of women because they spent their formative years listening to their female friends, family members and acquaintances bash, disdain and criticize other women. Inversely, they learned the ‘Bro Code’ early and are therefore taught to almost blindly support and encourage other men, and speak respectfully to and about them at all times.
Until we, as women, get to a point where we respect each other as much as men respect other men, we will continue to suffer at the hands of the patriarchy and fall prey to the machinations of entitled men who believe that we are less because they are told that we are less by other women. Men who use our internalized misogyny to their advantage and manipulate us into remaining in competition with each other. Men who have realized that if they say the right things and behave the right way to ‘their’ women, and treat ‘other’ women badly, they can continue to divide and rule while we continue to snipe, compete with and back-stab each other while raising a new generation of males with the same attitudes.
The time has come to take responsibility. To stand together finally. The next time you open your mouth to speak ill of another woman, stop, think about what you’re about to say, why you’re saying it and who is around you to hear it. Can you help that woman instead of criticize her? Can you lend support instead of trying to dime her light so you can appear to shine brighter?
I’m sick of the shit women sling at other women and if you can’t see this truth and do your part to make things better, step aside and allow those of us who want to live in our power and potential to rise and make this world a better place. I know some of you will be angry, and disagree with me. I don’t care anymore. If you have a problem with me wanting to help fill this world with empowered women and men who respect us, fight me!