There is such an intensive pressure to correspond to the standards. As if, to be entitled to a strict minimum of respect, women have to at least fit in the mould in terms of appearance, weight and fashion.
Women are living human beings. They are not property or dolls to be told what to wear and men certainly do not have the right of life and death over us. In Irak, a woman was murdered for wearing sexy clothing and having an Instagram account. This is not okay. There is no justification for such action. The only reason it happen is because the murderer does not think women are human beings. Pets have more rights.
In Canada, we cannot remove the problem of racism when it comes to human trafficking. Indigenous women make up 4% of the Canadian female population but roughly 50% of trafficking victims. This will continue to happen as long as society doesn’t believe that all Indigenous women are valuable and entitled to autonomy and support.
“I’m not really interested in a world where men really want to watch porn but resist because they’ve been shamed; I’m interested in a world where men are raised from birth with such an unshakable understanding of women as living human beings that they are incapable of being aroused by their exploitation.” – Jonah Mix
Regardless of race, cultural background or sexual orientation, women are human beings and as human beings they are entitled to body autonomy. They are the only person who can manage their own body and all the choices around it.
Each person is different and has the right to be respected and valued for who she is, in all its marvellous uniqueness.
This is why we put so much efforts to keep people who are a threat to our human rights from getting in position of power.