We need to talk. We need to talk about the way we talk about women. We need to talk about how we have normalized condescension, objectification, and oppression. We need to talk about how we have normalized referring to women as “the weaker sex.” We need to talk about how we have normalized referring to women as sex objects, playthings, and breeders. We need to talk about how we use religion to oppress women into submission.
Don’t believe me? Please read through the list of quotes below:
“What’s up, sweetheart! How about you come and sit on my lap? I’ll show you a good time.”
“Hey doll, be a peach, will ya and print me that report?”
“God, look at the ass on her! Hey, bitch, I’m talking to you! What a fucking slut.”
“Women should be silent in the church.”
“A woman’s place is in the home.”
“God did not design women to police men in society.”
“You always need to be available when he calls [for sex].” (Michelle Duggar)
“Women are nothing but machines for producing children.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)
“The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities; we should regard the female nature as afflicted with a natural defectiveness.” (Aristotle)
“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.” (Rush Limbaugh)
“When a woman has scholarly inclinations there is usually something wrong with her sexual organs.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
“Educating a beautiful woman is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch: everything stops.” (Kurt Vonnegut)
“If [rape] is inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” (TX gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams)
“Nature intended women to be our slaves. They are our property.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)
“They have the right to work wherever they want to — as long as they have dinner ready when you get home.” (John Wayne)
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.” (Donald Trump)
“I did try and fuck her. She was married.” (Donald Trump)
“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” (Donald Trump)
“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” (Donald Trump)
Throughout history women have been denigrated, oppressed, and silenced. We have been abused, trafficked, and mutilated. We have been sold to the highest bidder. And we have been talked about as if we are less than human. As if we are less than men. We are not. We have value. And we must start speaking like we have value. It starts with our words.
We must stop referring to women as: weaker, defective, breeding machines, sexual objects, slaves, property, or bitches.
Think about the words you use to refer to women today. Think about it everyday. Do your words recognize the woman in front of you with respect? Do they treat her with dignity? Do they acknowledge her value and her worth? Or do they oppress, belittle, and silence her? Words have power.