Greta Thunberg undeservedly targeted

Opinion

Swedish 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has been on everyone’s radar for a little over a year now in response to her activism and blunt way of speaking about the environmental issues the world is currently facing.

Thunberg has faced major backlash due to her age, the fact that she deals with Asperger’s Syndrome, and, in my opinion, the fact that she’s smarter than quite a lot of politicians and leaders out there.

Recently, an oil company in Alberta, Canada has created and distributed a sticker that appears to depict Thunberg being sexually assaulted with the company’s logo on it.

The reason it’s widely believed to be Thunberg is due to the fact that the sticker spells out “Greta” along the woman’s naked back and depicts that woman with two braids, a hairstyle Thunberg frequently wears.

Not only is this piece of “propaganda” a disgusting promotion of sexual assault, it also depicts a minor involved in said act.

The RCMP has officially stated that the sticker doesn’t qualify to be considered child pornography, but that doesn’t change the fact that such an act was insinuated in the piece of advertising.

At this point in time it blows my mind that graphic images insinuating the sexual assault of an underage female are still being created and distributed in a genuine attempt at advertising for a company, but I really shouldn’t be surprised.

Thunberg handled the situation with grace and strength as she took to Twitter to write her response which read, “They are starting to get more and more desperate… This shows that we’re winning.”

Women, underage or not, climate change activist or not, should never have to deal with being objectified in such a way.

Thunberg’s response to the sticker just proves further that she is the type of leader, and person in general, that future generations need, that the world right now needs.

While many hate on Thunberg for her stance on climate change and the role she has taken in raising awareness on it, I cannot imagine the kind of hatred that would fuel someone to create such an image.

I, personally, feel as though Thunberg has done nothing but great things for the world thus far, and my full support lies with her in whatever she does next.

Climate change is an issue that many, including our very own president, believe to be “fake” or “unimportant.” Thunberg is trying to expose the truth behind the tragedy that climate change truly is and to be rewarded with hate like this is just disappointing at this point.

Just because she’s out there doesn’t mean she deserves to be hated and judged by butt-hurt white men (don’t come at me, that’s the majority and you all know it) who don’t believe women can actually accomplish or be right about anything.

This issue regarding sexism in not only politics but in general has been a problem for centuries and it makes me question the direction we’re actually headed in when incidents like this continue to happen.

Additionally, this blatant promotion of rape culture also confirms the fact that the respect we think we’re gaining as women may not be as full as we thought it was.

Of course there will always be people like this, that’s just human nature, but the neverending continuation of the subjectification of women no matter what they do just keeps the match of sexism burning bright.

The thing is, women shouldn’t have to do anything, especially when it comes to trying to prevent the inevitability of being worthless objects in the eyes of men.

Rape culture begins and ends with the rapist. End of story. “Propaganda” such as the oil company sticker involving Thunberg lights the fire of the objectification of women that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. While Thunberg handled the situation in an extremely mature and dignified way, she shouldn’t have had to deal with it in the first place.

It’s about time people took responsibility and began taking steps towards a future that doesn’t involve a 17-year-old girl being publicly humiliated on the daily by those who just want to bring her down and prevent her from actually helping the world.

It’s also about time the objectification of women, especially underage women, ended once and for all.

volving Thunberg lights the fire of the objectification of women that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

While Thunberg handled the situation in an extremely mature and dignified way, she shouldn’t have had to deal with it in the first place.

It’s about time people took responsibility and began taking steps towards a future that doesn’t involve a 17-year-old girl being publicly humiliated on the daily by those who just want to bring her down and prevent her from actually helping the world.

It’s also about time the objectification of women, especially underage women, ended once and for all.