The idea that a woman or girl’s opinions, thoughts, rights and actions can only be taken seriously once verified by a man is a constant seed scattered by the patriarchy. From this twisted idea, the notion of women as property, ‘she’s mine’, objects, the interests of females are overlooked. They are only deemed worthy when a man decides. We are born equal. An example that is common to women worldwide is having to reject unwanted advances, and only being listened to when this is backed up by a male figure, either present or in ideal. Such unwanted advances, even casual, seemingly meaningless ones can only be thwarted off by ‘I have a boyfriend’. A woman’s voice is not listened to unless it is validated by a male opinion. This must change for society to progress. The rights of an individual are only given to women at the discretion of men in their lives. Such is the case for the millions of girls denied the right to an education or forced into an unwanted marriage. Rights shouldn’t need to be given to women by men. They are not theirs to be given, but inherent in the female, in the person of whichever gender. We need to stop defining women by their relation to a man. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a granddaughter and many many things to many people. But what I am, more than all of those, is somebody.
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