When I was little and I’d say stuff about how girls should be treated equally and the other little boys would say “so can I hit you” I’d be like “SURE IF YOU WANNA GET HIT BACK GO FOR IT FIGHT ME”
(They usually wouldn’t fight me in response to that. But a lot of boys did hit me over various other things and fights ensued so like. clearly nothing was stopping them in the first place. I’ll never forget that eighth grader who slapped me when I was in sixth grade, got off with a “you shouldn’t hit a girl” admonishment and nothing else- while I was still in hot water for hitting a boy and only allowed on the class trip on “probation” and that’s why I couldn’t hit him back (also because it completely shocked me since it came out of nowhere and I ran away crying but). Later I was like WHEN THIS CLASS TRIP IS OVER AND WE CAN MEET SOMEWHERE AND FIGHT IF YOU WANT. We did not do that.)
Today in my mature adult state I’d be like “No, you can’t hit anyone because assault is against the law. And it’s really disturbing that the first thing you want out of equal rights is the ability to be violent to women. Take a look at yourself.
….ALSO IF YOU DO I’LL HIT YOU BACK SO YOU SHOULD PREPARE TO FIGHT ME”
that’s how you can tell I’ve grown up.