Act Like A Lady & You’ll Be Treated Like One

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If a woman goes to school and becomes a professional, she’s independent and is breaking boundaries, but is also possibly a feminist.  If a man goes to school and becomes a professional, he’s providing for his family.  Why can’t they both just looking out for their futures?  If a woman asks a guy out, she’s desperate, but if a man asks a girl out, he’s doing what’s expected of him.  Wouldn’t you say they’re both just taking initiative?  If a woman is your boss and tells you to redo something you did wrong, she’s PMSing and irrational.  However, if a man is your boss and tells you to redo something you did wrong, he’s being a good leader.  The truth is they’re both simply doing their jobs.  These are just a few of the many double standards that exist in our world.  The common scenario where a man  is placed higher than the female, but women are not always innocent when it comes to taking advantage of inequality.

If a woman wants to have an intellectual conversation, that should be respected, but, if a guy wants to have an intellectual conversation, he’s boring?  A 40-year old guy checking out a 20-year old girl makes the guy a perv, but a 40-year old woman checking out a 20-year old guy makes her a girl who’s just looking at some eye candy?  When a guy gropes a woman, it’s called sexual harassment.  When a woman gropes a man, it’s called being aggressive?  Make the man the shallow one in any case and he’s to blame, but women are hardly ever called out on their skin deep intentions and honestly it’s embarrassing to see how quick some women can be when it comes to acting just as bad as a wasted frat boy.

Ladies, don’t feed double standards. You complain so much about being held down because of your gender yet you abuse the power your sex has the first chance you get.  You are just as much to blame for the rampid inequality we all face.  Don’t call out men for being chauvinists, when you can’t even prove to them that you have self-control and a brain.  If you don’t want to be treated differently and if you don’t want to be seen as a piece of meat, then don’t treat men like they’re steaks.  Remember that telling a guy to take his shirt off is the equivalent of a guy asking you to flash him.  Mutual respect is the key here and don’t forget that.  Always keep it classy.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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