DAAAAYYYYUMMMMMMM!! GIRL, YOU SO FINE!!
I feel like this is something we should talk about.
I was reading a forum post just yesterday that made me a little sick to my stomach, because I've got a one-year-old girl who's just learned the joys of running around and not falling on her face. The poster was relating her experience upon turning 14, and becoming an 'object.' She was wearing the same clothes she'd always worn, but all of a sudden grown men were stopping her in the street to comment on her body. She was followed multiple times in a day, had on more than one occasion had a man expose himself to her on the sidewalk, and admitted that she had recently gained 15 pounds for the express purpose of dropping off the radar a bit. When she gained weight, she had fewer creeper encounters, and even though she felt unhealthy, she was considering it an acceptable trade-off for not being accosted every day by ignorant men.
This is not something I want my daughter to go through. She's adorable. So adorable, that when she goes to the playground, sometimes a horde of preschoolers will descend on her and try to share their toys with her. She gets overwhelmed and starts to cry because of the attention. I have no doubt that she's going to be a good looking young woman, and when that happens, I wish she could live in a world where she's not stalked like prey, or cat-called, or forced to endure unwanted sexual advances.
I think that's an idea worth sharing with the men in your life, on this day of celebrating women. And I think that there's something to be said for silently appreciating beauty, or politely commenting if the occasion presents itself, and NOT whistling, ogling, leering, or stalking. We've all done a double-take for a pretty face. We're human. But I think we can all agree that there's a line we need to draw, and it needs to be drawn well ahead of the place where you start encroaching on a woman's sense of safety or self-worth.
Be good to each other. Be good to your sisters, daughters, and mothers.
Be good to the women in your life, and to the women who are just passing by.