We may not mean it when we utter these phrases, but the impact it could have on other people might be a lot stronger than we think. Whether you have a brother or a sister, a classmate or a neighbor, we encourage you to watch the video below. It's a project of SheKnows Hatch Program, nonprofit organization It’s On Us with Civic Nation, and the Ad Council in the United States. The campaign's goal is help clarify and defend the meaning of respect for women and raise awareness around rape culture.
None of us wants to create an environment where sexual abuse in any form becomes acceptable or even justified. But it doesn't take a big or single act to do so. Sometimes it's just in the phrases we use every day in conversation as we react to social media posts or situations involving our loved ones. Here are some examples:
"He's just picking on you because he likes you."
"Boys will be boys."
"Don't wear short skirts."
"Act like a man."
"You shouldn't have been alone with him."
"She's just playing hard to get."
If you catch yourself saying any of these phrases especially in front of lot of people, make sure to correct yourself immediately because these give conflicting messages about sex equality. Let's start within ourselves to change the conversation and help our family and friends understand that respect for women should be essentially the same respect you give men.
This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.