Meet Deric Lostutter, a 26-year-old cybersecurity consultant who also goes by the moniker “KYAnonymous.” Lostutter obtained and published tweets and Instagram photos in which members of the Steubenville High School football team joked about an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was raped.
Lostutter’s actions inspired a group of people to take justice into their own hands. A hacker called “Bobcat” vandalized the Facebook page of the Steubenville football team. Other hackers took similar action.
It’s unclear if Lostutter participated in any hacking shenanigans, but if he’s indicted and found guilty of any, he faces 10 years in jail. By comparison, the Steubenville rapists received one- and two-year sentences each.
Because I took issue with this. Here’s to the women who:
To the women who have to slave away at taming their tresses every morning, because a woman deserves to feel beautiful, whether that comes organically or not. Who choose to eat a salad because it’s delicious and health conscious. Here’s to the women who refrain from make-up shaming. Who love getting dolled up because, you know what? It can be fun. Who don’t get all the guys because well, maybe they’re interested in girls. Who can admit to themselves that societal pressure feels and is real. Who love wearing heels because they can make a woman feel sexy, feminine, and empowered. Who are afraid to break a nail because, really – what is wrong with that? Who do get their way when they want it enough to work for it. Who do need someone to tell them that they’re beautiful, because affirmation is real and understood and sometimes, so direly needed.
Here’s to the women who feel comfortable in their own bodies, whether that feeling comes after rolling out of bed or standing in front of the mirror for two hours. Here’s to the women who refuse to shame other women based on how thick her concealer is, or how many sexual partners she’s had.
Here’s to all the women who choose not to contribute to this oppressive social structure that we, as women, have fatally established for each other, as women.
Because how can we, as women, fight patriarchy when we are culprits too, contributing to this oppressive structure without man’s help?