#WhenIWas Hashtag Reveals How Alarmingly Common Sexual Harassment Is For Young Girls

"... I overheard parents saying I was a whore because of my shorts."

Women today are more powerfully poised than ever before to take on gender inequality. There are currently more women than men enrolled in college. The United States is on the verge of electing its first female president. Women's rights, in general, are being given more attention and long-suppressed voices are increasingly being heard. 

But despite the progress made, the patriarchy is alive and well, and as always, it's wielding its clunky sword in an effort to maintain the status quo. 

In a horrific example of one of the challenges that women face in modern society, many are sharing their experiences with sexual harassment on Twitter under the hashtag #WhenIWas, initiated by the Everyday Sexism project.

While the airing of grievances on social media isn't new, this time, women are revealing the kind of sexual harassment they faced when they were growing up as children and teenagers. 

But it wasn't all women. Some men also shared how they treated girls when they were younger, but didn't know better because such behavior was so normalized in our culture.

So the next time someone asks why we need feminism, tell them it's because of this — because women have to face this level of revolting misogyny at every stage of their lives.

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