I'll never be good enough, but I'll always be better than you.
In the Beastie Boys’ anthology The Sounds of Science, Adam Horovitz wrote about “Song for the Man,” and how it was inspired by men he saw harassing a woman on the subway: “Sexism is deeply rooted in our history and society that waking up and stepping outside of it is like I’m watching ‘Night of the Living Dead Part Two’ all day every day. Listening to the lyrics of this song, one might say that the Beastie Boy ‘Fight for Your Right to Party’ guy is a hypocrite. Well, maybe; but in this fucked up world all you can hope for is change, and I’d rather be a hypocrite to you than a zombie forever.
Alice, Balin and I were talking about the way women are treated every single day, and the concessions we have been trained to make for men who overstep boundaries. It’s hard to get through to guys, especially ones I hold closely. I feel like for most young dudes, it helps to put their potential future daughter in troublesome situations. But why does it have to take a non-existent hypothetical child when it’s happening to me right now?
This article is required reading if you are a human alive right now.