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The Fight for Equality

The separation starts at such a young age.

I have always loved the way my first few years went by. There was no difference between what a girl and a boy were. We’d play, eat, and laugh together. We would never think it wasn’t okay to be together and the thought that one had more power than the other never crossed our minds. As I’ve gotten older, my point of view has changed. Every year I’d start to see more and more of a separation. It could be the simplest things that make us create the two biggest inner circles in our lives "The Pretty and Dumb" and "The Sporty." In fact, the bigger we get the more we start creating these foolish ideas in our adult minds into more depth. But why do we create these ideas if they aren’t true? This is why I believe that both girls and boys should be treated equally, though this may not always be the case.

First, the physical things that make us compare between women and men have taken up our lives. I’ve lost count of how many times I have felt left out because they say “you can’t play because you’re a girl” or “you’re not strong enough to help us.” I am one hundred percent sure that I’m not the only girl it has happened to.

I remember this so clearly like it was yesterday. One of my friends wanted to play basketball with the guys and she kept on trying to go in and they wouldn’t let her because she was girl. They started calling her mean names, discouraging her from doing what she loves. Is that the right thing to do? Breaking an 11-year-old's dreams by her own classmates with simple but yet quite destructive words. It's pretty sickening how at this point it comes so naturally to their squeaky, not matured voices. On the other hand, I couldn't even imagine how the guys would feel when guys or girls judge them because they are a dancer. In fact, I’ve heard things about how if a guy dances he has to be gay. It isn't true at all. I honestly think this may be the reason why our world is so depressed, because we focus too much on our differences than our similarities.

Men have so much power already and girls are just not there yet. Besides, the worst part of all of this is the fact that we girls don’t always have the right of speech. Look what happened with the #Metoo movement. It went viral and you can see how many girls have had to keep their mouths shut because they weren’t strong enough to say anything. They felt like the men had, and continue to have, all the power. I can’t count how many times I have been called names and I can’t do anything about it. For instance, over the summer I went to Colombia and we were walking down a street. I heard people calling me names and as I looked back, my mom said, “Don’t look back and just keep walking.” I just thought to myself, "HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS?"

To finish off, I can see we as girls are still fighting for our rights of equality. It’s not only we girls but also the men who have not felt like they belonged at any moment whether it was because they couldn’t do something that was supposedly feminine and/or could have felt empowered. All of this is because we have different organs and we may be just a tad different with our bodies. But isn’t that everyone we know? Aren’t we all different? I should feel equal to everyone else because I am a human. The people that you see every day are humans. Me being a girl should certainly not make me feel powerless and worthless. I should feel equal. Men should feel equal. We are ALL equal.

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