If you’re a woman who has hit puberty you will more than likely have had to reject men whom are attempting to have sex with you, and therefore you’ll more than likely have heard one of these hateful responses to said rejections.
1) THE LADY PROTESTS TOO MUCH
Clearly I’m not protesting enough, douchebag. If I say yes it means yes, if I say no it means no. I might say no fifty five thousand times but it’s still not “protesting too much” because there is no such thing as protesting so much that it’s a secret sign I mean yes.
2) YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME
The thing is I actually know what’s in my own head. You don’t. Telling me I want you doesn’t make it so because I’m not a puppet. I’m a human with my own thoughts and you’re not Professor Charles Xavier and you can’t psychically change what I do and don’t want.
3) YOU’RE JUST BEING A TEASE
Smiling, being friendly, flirting, kissing, dancing… none of these things are offers of sex. They’re nothing more than what they are. They’re smiling, being friendly, flirting, kissing and dancing. They do not intrinsically carry the offer of sex. If I was offering sex I would offer sex, kissing you then turning down sex is not being a tease, it’s just not wanting to have sex with you.
4) HOW ABOUT WE JUST…
*Insert whatever sexual act they think is an appropriate alternative to full intercourse*
The thing is, not wanting to have sex with you does not mean you can gradually convince me by offering opportunities lower down on the sexual ladder. If I see it, I’m not going to suddenly want it inside me.
5) DON’T YOU TRUST ME?
I know everyone loves a guilt trip, but really, however close we are and however good friends we are, if you use that against me you’re going to immediately destroy my trust in you. As well as not changing the fact I don’t want to have sex with you. Ever. Trust does not equal sexual attraction, and if you want to change a friendship into a sexual relationship it doesn’t mean I’m obligated to feel the same, and pressuring me ruins whatever friendship we may have had left.
Ah the classic, rejecting you means obviously I’m a bitch. CLEARLY. Because, as a woman, it is my duty to be subservient to you and give you full access to my body if you want it. I should even be grateful to you. Daring to say no is deserving of an insult because, to you, women shouldn’t be allowed to say no. Asshat.
We need to change the culture. A sexual rejection means nothing is wrong with you, and it means nothing is wrong with me, it is a simple fact that not everyone needs to have sex with each other. Wanting to have sex with someone doesn’t mean they’re obligated to return the feelings. Women are not saying no so you can persuade them, they’re not saying no as a challenge, and they’re not saying no because they’re bad people. They’re just saying no because they don’t want to have sex with you whether it’s right now or ever. And guess what, that’s okay! Just go have sex with someone who actually wants to have sex with you!
And ladies, remember you’re not wrong. You are NOT WRONG for not wanting to have sex with someone, and if they try and pressure you it’s THEIR problem, not yours. You have the rights over your body, not them.
Reject or accept, it’s up to you, and it’s nobody’s business which you do.
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