When it comes to sexism, our society has been asleep at the wheel for far too long. OK, here’s something to wake us all up. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.
Now, pick your jaw up off the floor, shake your head until you can think straight again, and say it with me… “THAT WAS F-ING AWESOME!”
If you don’t f-ing think so let me repeat some of the crucially f-ing important points that were made in this f-ing powerful, eye-opening video.
1 – 1 in 5 women and girls will be sexually assaulted, or raped, by a man during their lives. There were five girls in this video. Statistically, one of them is going to be raped. And that’s all kinds of f-ed up!
2 – Women earn 23% less than men, for the exact same f-ing work! Forget the gender issue for a moment, and ask yourself, if you found out a coworker with the exact same job was making an extra quarter or so for every dollar you earned, wouldn’t that anger you? I’d say F that!
3 – Women who earned straight A’s in college are paid at the same rate as men who only got C’s. How the F is that fair?
4 – Society puts a lot of pressure on girls to look pretty, which leads to them judging their own worth the way society seems to: by their appearance. And that also leads to something else that’s very disturbing… blaming the victims of rape for looking too sexy, as a way to let rapists off the hook. That’s like f-ing them over all over again.
And in the course of making those very serious points, these girls pose the serious question to all of us: “so what is more offensive… A little girl saying f*ck? Of the f-ing unequal and sexist way, society treats girls, and women?”
I think the answer is f-ing obvious… It’s offensive that women and girls are f-ed over by society, and if it takes a bunch of little girls dropping some f-bombs for us all to hear them, then so be it.
Because we don’t want our girls growing up to have to say this:
Also appearing in the video were two adult women, who wore t-shirts bearing the phrases “Girls just want to have FUN-damental rights” and “This is what a Feminist looks like”, instead of princess costumes. Perhaps bravest of them all was the 12 year old boy who appeared in the video, in a princess dress, to make the valid point that if you say someone is acting like a girl, you must not value girls very much. The princess dresses may be available at your local retailer among the Halloween costumes, but to get those t-shirts you have to visit the fckh8.com store, where they are for sale at the reasonable price of only $15, with a cool $5 bill from each sale going to charities that fight sexism.
Mike Kon, who produced the video for fckh8.com, wrote in the description on Facebook, “Some adults may be uncomfortable with how these little girls are using a bad word for a good cause. It is shocking what they are saying, but the real shock is that women are still paid less than men for the same work in 2014, not the use of the F-word. The big statistic that 1 out of 5 women are sexually assaulted or raped is something society seems to find less offensive than a little four letter word and we love how these girls draw attention to that imbalance.” Then he added a line from the video, “Instead of washing these girls’ mouths out with soap, maybe society needs to clean up its act.”
We couldn’t agree more.