I’m tired.

I’m tired of living in a world where a man thinks that sex is owed to him. I’m tired of living in a world where if a woman is not interested, she risks being threatened or harassed. I’m tired of living in a world where a 23 year old male can justify killing others because he is a virgin, just not by choice. I’m tired of misogyny being dismissed because it “isn’t a real issue”.  I’m tired of there being pockets of the Internet filled with men’s rights activists, who think that their male privilege isn’t enough. I’m tired of these men thinking that women are the enemy, when it’s their behavior that is their true enemy. I’m tired of people saying “It’s a mental health issue” when it’s just as much a sexism issue, too, and that our world doesn’t tell men “No, women do not owe you ANYTHING simply because they are WOMEN.”

I’m tired.

I’m tired of seeing social media doing the dirty work for bringing home girls. I’m tired of seeing celebrities, hashtags, memes, and internet “awareness”, when what happened to those girls shouldn’t have happened in the first place. I’m tired of hashtags attempting to change the world instead of people. I’m tired of people thinking that uploading an image from their smart phone taken in a comfortable home, place of work, or otherwise is doing some sort of good. I’m tired that this world needs celebrities, politicians, and people of power to take selfies showing their dismay, rather doing the right thing and sending those girls home where they belong.

I’m tired.

I’m tired of wondering how I’m going to walk back to my car alone at night. I’m tired of clarifying my decisions about my body. I’m tired of listening to men calling themselves “nice guys” and justifying their harassment and patronization of women. I’m tired of seeing link after link after link after link on my Facebook about how women are being trampled, killed, silenced, or ignored. I’m tired of hearing excuses. I’m tired of knowing that the teaching profession is suffering because it is a profession vastly occupied by women, and people don’t care to save their teachers because they don’t care to save their women. I’m tired of listening to the drone rhetoric of the patriarchy that is insisting that all things are equal now, when clearly they aren’t. I’m tired of people saying women deserve to be raped. I’m tired of stereotypes of women in the media. I’m tired of biting my tongue when someone condescends me based on my gender. I’m tired of being ridiculed for being a feminist, and being ridiculed for not being enough of a feminist.

I’m tired.

And I don’t want to be. I want to stop being tired. I want there to be justice and revolution and change and miracles and the whole world to wake up with me and say “ENOUGH.”

If you’re not tired, you should be. And you should have had enough.

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