Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt said a lot of great things in her life. Here’s my personal favorite:
No one can make you inferior without your consent.
There are a lot of people out there determined to make me inferior. Why? Because they want to charge me extra for goods and services, sell me diet plans and surgery, or just find someone to feel superior to themselves. Well, I’m sorry for them. It ain’t gonna work.
You see, I don’t consent.
I am not inferior.
I am not superior.
I am equal.
I deserve to be treated well just as much as any other person.
My body is not a problem to be solved or a platform for someone else’s fearmongering. It’s just my body. It does what it does, does not do what it does not do, and is very much okay precisely as it is.
Fat, night blindness, occasional ingrown toenail and all, I am equal.
Nobody has my consent to make me less than I am.
I don’t say it’s always easy. There are a lot of people out there determined to take my consent and yours by force. But do your best not to let them have your consent, either.
Because you know what? They don’t deserve it.
And if you need another quote to get you through, you can always remember what this plucky young lady said to a very sexy goblin king:
You have no power over me.