Olivia Harvey
August 09, 2017 9:24 am

Unfortunately, most women have experienced what Ashley Judd calls “everyday sexism.” A little comment here, a light touch there. In a Facebook Live video, Judd told her fans about her most recent everyday sexist encounter — and how this time, she decided to speak up. Judd said,

Judd explained that the man working at security then touched her arm, again, something she hadn’t seen him do with any of the customers before her, and once again called her “sweetheart.” Judd was not having it (nor would we), and asked to speak to a manager.

You can see the full video here:

As women, we have been conditioned to think that little comments and light touches aren’t a “big deal,” and taught to second-guess ourselves when we strongly suspect that we’re being treated differently because of our gender. But in reality, it shouldn’t be okay for a man to touch us or give us unwanted “compliments.”

Judd’s actions set an example for women everywhere who encounter these subtle — but very real — acts of everyday sexism. It can be hard to raise our voices in these situations when so much of our conditioning has made us feel like we have to be “nice,” and “sweet,” but it is possible. Let’s raise our voices, tell people how we really feel, and help ourselves and other women gain the respect we deserve.