It’s 2017 in the United States of America and women still have to prove day in and day out that they are human beings. When it comes to sexual abuse, harassment, and rape - people are especially afraid to speak up. Good intentions aren't enough: We must use our words.
I went on a first date a few months ago. In the midst of a nice chat in Prospect Park over bagel sandwiches and coffee, I asked my date: what did he do for a living? He replied that he was a consultant who advises on how to best help Syrian refugees.
“Wow,” I stuttered. “That’s incredible. Your job is important. It really matters.”
“And, what do you do?” he dutifully reciprocated. “Something equally impressive, I’m sure.”
“Um. I’m a comedian.”