Women speaking out against abuse is making many people uncomfortable. And it's time we start asking why. “When they throw around terms like ‘cancel culture’ to silence me instead of reckoning with the reasons I might find certain actions or jokes dehumanizing, I’d led to one conclusion: they’d prefer I was powerless against my own oppression.”–Sarah Hagi, TIME, November 2019
"You Look Like A Man Is Like the Boondock Saints of Internet Trolls."
"You look like a man." This was one of the first negative comments I received when showing off my new skills in the sport of Strongman. It was far from the last. "You are female?" accompanied by a vomit emoji. "Surprised your d*ck didn’t fall out" and "gross" became a common narrative on any social media post I made of my athletic achievements, always by strangers, and always without provocation.
You Look Like A Man started on Instagram (@you.look.like.a.man) as a response to combating the bullshit negativity thrown at women in athletics. Click here to read more.
This is not the time to laugh and keep scrolling when you see these comments, this is the time to say enough. Stand up for yourself and for others, have a backbone and don’t accept this behaviour. Join the YYLAM community and the battle against online bulling, sexism and misogyny. If you’re one of the ones lurking behind your screen, filled with poisonous words, maybe remember what I’m sure your mother taught you, which was if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it. Also, maybe make your own fucking sandwich.
A few months ago, a follower of our Instagram account sent the following message about a situation that had happened to her at a local vitamin store:
“Legit had the guy at my local GNC that I frequented look up my number though my membership and text me to show his interest.”
This comment was posted to our stories, and almost instantly the submissions of similar situations flooded our inbox for the next week. We posted over 400 stories of professional harassment to our account, all of which can still be viewed by looking at our “story highlights” on our page.
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