Contradiction

“Go outside and play! I don’t care what he’s doing; you need to stay close by. 

Don’t go over there- your dress will get dirty. 

You should play sports! Wait. Aren’t you too old for sports? 

Respect yourself. He’s mean because he likes you. 

Speak up, we can’t hear you. 

Quiet down, everyone can hear you. 

Say what is on your mind. That is no way for a lady to talk. 

Wear makeup. Not too much, though. 

Why aren’t you wearing makeup? Are you sick? 

Be polite. You say ‘sorry’ too much. 

It’s OK to not want children. A woman’s purpose is to have children. 

Stay thin. Why are you so skinny? 

Don’t walk alone at night. You were alone with him, what did you expect? 

Be assertive. Why are you being such a b*itch? 

Be more independent. Find yourself a nice boy. 

You don’t have to laugh at everything he says. Why don’t you have a sense of humor? 

Show them that you’re strong. What are you, insensitive? 

Make yourself look pretty. What kind of attention are you after? 

Support yourself. Does he mind that you support yourself? 

Go to college. Don’t act too smart around him- it’s a turn off. 

Make money. Don’t make too much money- that’s his job. 

Build a career. Put your career on hold to have children. 

Practice safe sex. What are you, a slut? 

Make sure you always eat less than him. Ew, you should eat a cheeseburger. 

You’re so smart! When are you going to learn to cook? 

It’s your body. You can’t do that.”

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