Sticks and Stones

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There was a time in my life that I thought words did not have power. I was wrong. This was brought to my attention by my friend this week. She is a serious business owner and keeps trying to take yoga to those in need. She has met with several business owners…one for a business account, one for marketing and one for PR of a non-profit she owns.

It was obvious she was very upset. She was angry, frustrated and felt violated. She was crying and gritting her teeth. All three men wanted sex from her and were very forward about it. All she wanted was for them to take her seriously and treat her as an equal. She wanted to be professional not a piece of meat. Not that I am now stereotyping men. Many men are amazing people with no ill intentions. As a matter of fact, I think men get a bad rap sometimes. Guilty until proven innocent of being a predator.

Words do matter. I thought back to when I was a young woman in a working environment. I had men behave inappropriately around me all the time. I even lost a job over not sleeping with the boss.

Words do matter. I have a Transsexual student that uses the pronoun she. If you call her a he, that hurts. She does not want to have to prove herself as a woman but, rather, just be.

We need to come together as a community to let others know that we take them seriously and realize that “sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me” may not be so true after all.