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Tracee Ellis Ross: ‘You do not get to touch or comment on my body as you please’

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On the fact that she always wants to be asked for consent, even when complimented:

It is so simple. Of course people want to be complimented, but you want to be complimented in a way that respects who you are—maybe you don’t want to be complimented on your clothing. You have that right to say to your coworker, “That’s not a thing that I enjoy.” “Oh, no problem. I won’t do that anymore.” It is all about respect and giving people a choice about how we are touching and talking about their body. Historically, women have not had ownership of our own bodies. And it is enough. It is enough. You do not get to touch my body or comment on my body as you please. Period.

… says the 45 year-old actress in Glamour.

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CarrieD
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CarrieD
Completely agree with not randomly touching people. And sure, people shouldn’t comment about other people’s bodies, particularly not in a tactless manner, but what’s wrong with complimenting someone’s clothes? People are so easily offended these days, I sometimes feel like it would be better to just stay mute all the time, because even things that are said with the best intentions are bound to “trigger” someone. I think there are causes worth fighting for, but some things are just taken so far they lose meaning. But where do you draw the line, given that every person’s concern should be valid?… Read more »
Bob
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From my experience, when a man tells me he likes my dress/jeans/top, etc, he usually means and quite obviously so that he likes the shape of my body in it, which is uncomfortable if you’re not at all interested in that man being in love with the shape of you.

If this isn’t the type of situation she had in mind, I agree it’s a bit much…

isa
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it’s just a friendly reminder to stand up against what makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how small …no need to get offended 😂😂

Jason
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Jason

Interesting to read this on a site where all we do is comment on women’s bodies as we please.

JaneDoe
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JaneDoe
I think what she means by commenting on people’s bodys is more of commenting to their face. We all get talked about, I’m sure. Being a celebrity means being talked about big time. But when people comment about your body to your face, it’s just weird. Does that make sense? Like when I gain, people point it out to me sometimes “your cheeks/b~~~~ got bigger, sure you should be eating that ice cream?” it’s like… gossiping about someone to their face. More so, it’s feeling the need to directly or indirectly tell the owner of the body how they or… Read more »
nobody
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nobody

i cannot imagine complimenting someone on their clothes, and in return they ask me to stop. It would almost make me feel shame for trying to pass along some positivity to someone else.

nobody
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nobody

Maybe I am not thinking deeply enough to get her true meaning here.

Lisa
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Lisa
Sometimes we don’t even know we have these kind of rights or options until someone points it out to us. I, in my younger years, certainly didn’t. I was so used to family, relatives , friends, strangers randomly and openly commenting about my body and my “flaws” that I so was hard on myself for not being perfect when in fact these people were being a~~holes. I think she means we have the right to maintain these boundaries and the option to say “hey thats not ok” IF we are bothered in certain circumstances. Even certain unwarranted compliments can be… Read more »
Lisa
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Lisa
Sometimes we dont know even know we have these kind of rights or options until someone actually tells us that we do. I, in my younger years, certainly didn’t. I was just so used to random people openly and outrightly commenting on my body and my “flaws” that I just accepted it and was so hard on myself for not being perfect. Of course I didn’t think it was right but I just didn’t know I had the option to say “stop it.” Even compliments can take an unwelcome turn when there are other implications to it, not just the… Read more »
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