Last week, I went to the gym early one morning. I was dreading the workout that day because I knew it was going to be 40 minutes on the stairmaster. THE STAIRMASTER!! That thing is a beast and a tough workout. The other problem with climbing the monster machine is that it does not have its own personal television to watch what I want to watch. A girl loves a good BYU devotional at 6:30 in the morning, right? Oh wait, that is just me!
So on the stairmaster, I can stare down at my feet or choose a variety of 10 different television sets in front of me. Normally, the tv's are set on news channels, music channels, sports channels, infomercials, etc. etc. On this particular morning, I had mainly news, music and infomercials playing in front of me. Except for 1 of the television sets on my left side view.
I will not name the particular show, however, playing on the television set to my left was a commercial of a show where sick and disgusting men go to Spring Break locations and video tape young girls and women desacrating their bodies and exposing themselves while intoxicated or possibly on drugs. I have no idea how a commercial like this passes as acceptable when merely stars or other small symbols covered anatomy or inappropriate acts. It was DISGUSTING and it was playing in a public place. It just kept playing over and over again and again!
The saddest part of my story was that as I am enraged about something like that burning into my eyes, I notice 3 men staring at that particular television set. 2 of them directly in front of the television and 1 gentleman back by me on another stairmaster beast. I was enraged!
The woman next to me noticed my wincing and bothered estate and asked me if there was something wrong with my stairmaster? In which my reply was: "no there is nothing wrong with my machine, but there is something terribly wrong with that television set."
At that point of anger, I hopped off, yes literally jumped off the machine because it it that high off the ground, ran around the elipticals and the treadmills, stood in front of the horrible television set, stood up on my tippy toes, reached with my finger and pressed the channel down bottom, preparing myself to get yelled at.............................................................
I stopped the channel on a basketball game (BYU game, what irony!) and walked back to my beastly stairmaster machine. As I was beginning my workout, I noticed that the 2 men who were in front of the bad television got up and left. The other man that was back by me, waited about 5 minutes and then he left too.
I am extremely saddened that this is deemed as acceptable. This was an outright display of demoralizing womanhood and the sanctity of womanhood. Perhaps others may have been bothered like I was, but we all need to have more courage to stand up for what is right. Every woman in that building should have been running to that television set, changing the channel and screaming that that I am worth so much more than THAT!!
This is a day and age where we cannot turn our heads and say, I will just pretend like it is not there. We need to stand up for each other, especially protecting the virtues of a woman.
For those of you that may argue with me that I do not have the right to force any of my beliefs on those 3 men. It is their choices and yes I believe in agency also.
However, what I did was not for the men in the room! I did it for their wives, their sisters, their mothers, you, me and especially the daughters of these men.
My friends, now is the day and age that we need to stand up and fight for each other. We have to have the courage to do what is right, beacuse whether we like it or not, the sanctity of womanhood is under attack. Apathy in defending our virtues is laying down and giving up. Today is the day we stand! We Fight! We Do Something for good!
Whose side are you on?