I only joined this community last night. As of right now, I've only read a few threads and commented on one, but I can already say this much.
When I commented, I expected to be admonished for it. Most places avoid women's topics like the plague, and even within those that embrace it, my observations would've been seen as controversial. I expected to come back to a torrent of anger and "feminism" and insults, but there was only encouragement and calm, rational discussion.
The feeling of understanding, acceptance, and knowing that others have personal experience regarding those observations was completely overwhelming, and for a moment I realized that that is what we put up with.
It's like waking up from an abusive relationship. This what we normalize. And maybe, just maybe, we don't have to.
So even though it may have only been 1 post, thank you for making me feel like I'm not alone in seeing these things.
Thank you for acknowledging that these issues exist, and for discussing them as adults.
And thank you for sharing your stories and making me feel like maybe I'm not alone in dealing with these issues.
There's a lot of reading and commenting ahead of me, and I'm greatly looking forward to every minute of it.
I'll see you around. :)