I watched the Ted Talk today that Jimmy Carter gave regarding his views on why the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse. He cites many reasons: some being genital mutilation, sexual assault, military procedures, and the fact that men just don’t give a damn. First, I will say that I feel incredibly lucky to have been born in a country where I am not mutilated. I can’t imagine the horror, physically, emotionally, and mentally. These mutilations are atrocities and it is obscene that they are allowed to occur. Secondly, in some countries women who are raped are then killed by their own family members to avoid bringing them shame. How ignorant is this thinking? The women didn’t ask to be raped. If anyone should be killed, (I don’t think that’s the best solution), it should be the men who rape! I can’t even believe I have to say this. Hello…..is anyone out there? Carter also talks about how religions misinterpret its teachings in order to keep women secondary. I’ve seen this happen many times, and it is definitely a problem. When Carter said that most men just don’t give a damn, that they don’t want things to really change because they like the advantages of how society is now, it struck a chord with me. This is so true. Many men like the fact that they have power over women, that they can openly harass them, and get away with assault. It’s sick. How can this stop? I think in America, at least, men need to start teaching their sons how to treat women with respect. They need to learn how to have self-control, how to manage their urges, and how to behave appropriately. Why don’t more men talk to their sons and teach them how to be decent human beings, despite their inundation of testosterone? Maybe some don’t because they, themselves haven’t even learned how to control their inappropriate behaviors, or they like the fact that they can get away with behavior that is destructive to women. Women seem to have to bare the responsibilities of so much. We have to make sure to dress a certain way, take care of things, try not to be too assertive or you might come off as a bitch, be feminine, sexy, fit, smart, and then…………….(wait for it)…………………………try to be patient with men. They can’t help themselves, they were babied, they don’t know any better, they aren’t as strong, blah blah blah. Women are expected to be so many things to so many people, all while doing it with a smile on our faces. Men, you can learn to be assertive for women, to treat them appropriately, to take initiative for humanity, and to not be a damn pig. How about that? I know there are many men who already strive to be appropriate, helpful, and thoughtful. Unfortunately, they are in the mass minority.