A Letter to Men


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~ A Letter to Men ~

Almost
every
single
woman you know

walks around with
fear and shame and rage and betrayal
in her body
because some

man

touched her when he wasn't allowed to.

These are not statistics.
This is flesh and breath and hearts that break.
{Are broken.}

These are
mothers, sisters, friends and

daughters.

These are the bodies
and souls
*you*
are born from.

And I know not all men are like this. I know it.

So then,
my good men,
hear me.

We need you.

We need you to protect the women of this earth.

We need you to stand up to misogyny, disrespect, harassment, assault, rape, violence, objectification and

our
dis
honor.

Please do not turn away, do not walk away, do not let it go, do not shrug it off, do not say "boys will be boys", do not ignore it, do not play it down, do not think what you've done is yet enough.

Because
that
is exactly
how

it

continues to happen.

And the truth is, there's no amount of fire and fury unleashed that will change this until

you
stand with
us.

Protecting the women of the tribe is a man's sacred duty and so I am calling on you, brothers, to rise.
Rise.

We need your strength, we need your courage, we need your virtue, we need your goodness, we need your power, we need your excellence, we need your voice and we need your

love.

Good men, hear me. We need you.

~ Jessica Sevapreet Hesser 


4 comments


  • Claudia

    I have been emotional and physically abused. I sought my solace in different avenues as a very young mother. It wasn’ to be heard of, then, to be a single parent. I was a minority. I stood up, for what I was raised to believe in, merit, worth, values, and morals, that came from the strongest man on earth that stood 5’5" with a loving heart to match. After getting beat down, being demoralizing, demeaning to the point I felt worthless. My confidence pushed so far down. I heard these words; “Remember where you came from, come home.” I ran, and ran…I got there just in time, with open arms he held my daughter and I. “You will always stand and walk tall, because you are a part of me, and no one will ever take that away” Unfortunately, there are still narcissistic men still around today, no matter how many movements or walks we walk, one rears their ugly heads, as if to say, “we are here to stay.” My first lesson 40 years ago, took me out of another one, within the last few weeks. Never falter, remember what you learned, what you have been through, no matter how many years go by.
    Remember to walk tall. <3


  • Lori

    Articulated beautifully, powerfully, and lovingly. I, too, carry remnants of fiery rage after a lifetime of therapy, healers, studies in Spiritual arts….. all of it. My rage today has become my greatest ally as I let it guide me where to go next…. who to serve, where to speak…. to collectively re-member the lost voices of so many women.


  • Tanya

    This is so beautiful – something that I will share with my husband and son for sure x


  • Saxet Nitsua

    This was beautifully written. I am a transgender woman and for most of my life and I have always had a frighting fear of men and what they would do to me. It started with me at a very young age. I was bullied and beat up and even violently raped by the male kids in school just because I was gay, it forever changed my life. To this day I still have haunting memories of this. I do not think that I will ever get over what happened to me. This message you wrote has inspired me to ask real men, ones that are gentlemen to support all women even someone like me a transgender woman.


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