So here I’m minding my own business, attending the Facebook Developer Conference F8 when this happened:
I did not reply to this comment simply because I value my energy and time.
But here’s the thing:
Pregnancy, motherwhood and periods have always been used against women to descriminate them and not give them fair opportunities.
We all heard comments like “She must be PMSing”, “She’s pregnant, she will go on maternity then work flexy hours, let’s find someone who’s more available”.
So my tweet was only meant to celebrate a successful woman who’s doing great things.
But then again, someone felt the urge to make a nasty comment : WOMEN CAN’T PEE STANDING UP!!! Well, congratulations on this new discovery that will shake up the lives of human beings.
Does it really have to be a competition? Why can’t we simply celebrate both women and men’s potential and success.
Also dear sir/madam, if ,due to your insecurities, you had the urge to reply to a tweet celebrating a lady shaping the future of technology and human lives by the “can’t pee standing up” argument, joke is most definitely on you.
Was it an innocent comment? I doubt it and even if it is, it’s still very inappropriate. It’s not fun. It’s annoying.
This is a small sample of the 💩 women have to deal with on daily basis. It’s just tiring and completely unnecessary.
This incident for example made me angry and when I’m angry I can’t do my job properly because I’m not in the mood.
I also had to spend time writing this rant instead of focusing on the conference and trying new APIs.
My point is this is not only affecting individuals or just women, this has consequences on everyone. So please, let’s just all try to be more mindful.
Before saying anything nasty, ask yourself: Is is really necessary?
Before I go to try peeing standing up, I just want to add one more thing : Empathy. Empathy is a magical word that does wonders.