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At least she didn’t dare share her tales of oppression in communist Cuba where people live it on a daily basis.
While speaking in Argentina last week on her “Let Girls Learn” initiative, first lady Michelle Obama said men used to — gasp! — whistle at her when she was younger.
“As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me or make comments about how I looked as I walked down the street as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own,” she said.
Coming from a Princeton University graduate who became a lawyer before taking up the glamorous lifestyle of being first lady, to include vacationing at some of the most luxurious destinations in the world, seemed a bit petty.
Obama also lamented that while people asked her brother about his professional aspirations, she was asked about who she was going to marry.
“I began to realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving from people around me,” she told the attentive audience. “As a girl, my voice was somehow less important, that how my body looked was more important than how my mind worked; that being strong and powerful and outspoken just wasn’t appropriate or attractive for a girl.”
All of this sexist oppression led to Mrs. Obama lying awake at night for years doubting herself until she finally decided to follow her own voice.
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