The United States of America
— "Too often I think women are afraid--whether they realize it or not, but what are you supposed to do? Growing up I feel we are universally told to be afraid--speaking as an American I know that's true for my country at least.
"Well don't go alone."
"Do you need someone to go with you?"
"That sounds a little dangerous."
"Well just be careful."
Though these statements can mean anything, I think most of us already know what they mean. These are things we get told by our parents, friends, strangers, ourselves when we do things like travelling, going out, existing.
Have you ever stopped to consider how exhausting it is to think, "...that would be so cool, that sounds like fun! Oh, but I don't think I could do it..." simply because it might not be safe as a woman?
I just want to say don't be afraid. Don't be afraid to the point that your fear is debilitating, but take that fear and be smart—dissect it, tear it apart, understand it. Figure out why it scares you and then maneuver around it.
Fear isn't all bad, but most of it is there to stop and oppress—get rid of it. Then take what's left, the realistic fear that's there to protect you until the world changes one day so we don't have to fear stepping out as a girl, and be smart, act without fear because once you understand it,
once you acknowledge it,
it can't stop you."
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