To the man in the Trump hat at the gas station...
To the man in the Trump hat at the gas station,
I have been thinking a lot about you the last 2 days, and I’ve decided I have a few things that I’d like to say to you. First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a stay at home mom with a high school diploma. I don’t consider myself a feminist or activist. I don’t side with a political party, or engage in political conversations or posts.
My daughter is not like me. You approached her in the gas station because of her sweatshirt. You saw that it said “a woman’s place is in the house” and I think you liked that. But then you got closer and read the rest of it. What her shirt really says is “a woman’s place is in the house and senate.” You didn’t like it so much anymore did you?
What you said next left us all dumbfounded and speechless. You told my daughter that she would make a good housewife. You asked her if she had a husband making $300,000 a year she would still want to go work? It was your last words that are really eating at me though, “you should just stay home”.
You see, man in the Trump hat at the gas station, no one has the right to tell my daughters what they should do with their lives. My husband and I are raising them to form their own views and beliefs and go after THEIR dreams. We are raising them to be good and kind human beings so that hopefully they don’t approach people in gas stations and tell them what they should do with their lives.
This 14 year old girl that you approached had just finished a day of 9th grade which included 2 hours of state testing. This girl has a 4.0 gpa and big goals of Ivy League schools and a career in law. She is a liberal in a conservative town and gets a lot of flack from her classmates for her views, and apparently now from old men in gas stations too.
But she will be ok. She is strong and kind and has all of the support she needs right here at home. Both of our girls do. Her sister is much more on the conservative side and we love and support them both the same. We want them to be their own people and to know what they stand for, not what everyone around them tells them they should do or believe. They will be successful in whatever they choose to do with their lives.
You see, man in the Trump hat at the gas station, women are born with a uterus and a brain. And lucky for us we don’t have to choose to use only one of them.