There’s been a TON of talk about harassment for the past few months. And it’s great to talk about it, but honestly I’ve been pretty tired of hearing about it. Not because I’m against talking about, not because I think it’s fine (I don’t, it’s not) but because the loudest people have been taking things to the extreme (in my mind, anyway). BUT recently one of the very talented women I work with has been getting some very threatening e-mails from some creeps and that’s sent me over the edge. It seems she’s also been victim blamed quite a bit. She’s a burlesque dancer, she serves at a strip club, and some people have been saying she puts up provocative pictures on her Facebook. Here’s my problem with all of that; As I’ve said before, burlesque is art, she’s a server for Pete’s sake, and I’ve seen her pictures, they’re not bad.
What I’ve noticed with all harassment is that whoever is doing the harassing seems to forget that the harrasee is a PERSON. A legitimate human being. Someone with thoughts, feelings and beliefs all of their own. The internet is making it even easier for this to happen because a person sees a picture online and they don’t associate it with that being real. Being on stage doesn’t seem to make it any better, because the audience (who has had their disbelief suspended) forgets that whoever is on stage is a person.
Just because someone is doing something that you don’t seem right, or you see as a reason to give crap to, doesn’t mean that you’re not hurting that person. Because, the person that you’re giving crap to is a HUMAN. Someone who feels everything you say or send to them. It doesn’t matter if you’re female, male, transgender, white, black, Asian, Indian, straight, gay, young or old, you’re still a person. Every person feels things that come to them every day. If you really feel that you have to give crap to someone who is a burlesque dancer, or an actress or just different than you are, look in on yourself. They aren’t the problem, YOU are. Take a good look at who you are as a person. Are you happy with yourself? No? Fine, work on yourself, don’t look down on someone else to make yourself feel better. That’s low.
When you’re out walking around, or browsing the internet, remember this one thing: everyone you see is a human, everything you say has an effect, they are just living life the way they feel is right for them; you don’t know their story and they don’t know yours. Don’t throw stones because you feel that you can. No one is better than the other person. No one.