In light of the Louis C.K. accusations and his official response to it, I believe that it is time, now more than ever, to reassert how important it is for everyone to be well informed on this issue. Mexican-American comedian Louis C.K. wasn’t the first and unfortunately won’t be the last person to be guilty of sexual harassment. Not only Hollywood, but any other social environment can be affected by these behaviors – from the workplace to domestic spaces. Regretfully, sexual harassment takes place everywhere,
and victims are often scared to speak out for fear of retaliation.
Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry, and an anonymous woman all announced they were sexually abused by the comedian. All the episodes they referred to occurred between the late 90s and early 2000s when Louis C.K. was establishing himself as a comedian in the comedy business. “It was something that I knew was wrong,” Rebecca Corry told to the New York Times. “I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture. He abused his power.”
According to these women, Louis C.K. displayed a domineering behavior in front of them. The comedian made some of them extremely uncomfortable when he masturbated in front of them. Nevertheless, the victims felt pressured not to reveal these facts because they were afraid to jeopardize their careers. At the time of these awful events, Louis C.K. was a very influential figure in the comedy business. For this reason, the women kept silent, because they feared any kind of threat they could possibly receive, if not a failed career.
As a young woman interested in fashion as well as Literature, sometimes I’m afraid to display a good-looking appearance, simply because I fear the possibility of being attacked by someone. It took a long time for me to be confident in my own body and mind. I’ve made some progress, but I’m still on that self-esteem journey that will hopefully help me to become a better and more positive person.
So I raise a question: how can I be confident in my own body and appearance when it comes to interacting with anyone in this society? Should I be at risk due to my good-looks? Is that right?
In is the basis of the Out
Of course, it’s not right. My beauty shouldn’t be questioned nor abused. Confidence can be achieved through various methods. Being confident is still an attitude that I’m working on. What I’ve learned so far is that in order to have both a good-looking attitude and figure, one must start to feel good in his or her inner self. If you’re strong on the inside, your energy will automatically glow outside as well.
The current stage of my journey
I have many feminine role models I look up to, including artists, writers, fashion models, and actresses. I admire them for their strong behavior, which inspires me to act like a well-informed woman and to be aware of my personal surroundings. Through their work I’m always reminded to never settle down, never stop aspiring for the best, and never believe that someone is superior to you in terms of importance or prestige.
To be good-looking is still a right and not a shame to display
Women need to start embracing their confidence and learn to firmly say “no”, no matter what the consequences of a career might be. It is far more important to maintain a sane personal profile than to be objectified in order to succeed. No one has the right to ask you illicit requests nor force you to do something in order to please them.
It is fine to show off your beauty and be confident in it, but no one should never do anything harmful in order to persevere it. A woman should never be afraid to feel good about herself.
Post-it note: how I remind myself to be beautiful