written by Love Isn’t enough guest contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings
You are going about your day with your child, when some ignorant rude man decides to stare you down like you’re a beautiful t-bone steak and he has not eaten in days. For the sake of your child, you try to ignore it and move on, but you cannot say that you are not bothered, even as you hope that your child did not witness what was occurring. This is a common everyday occurrence. When I first became a mother I thought that the mere presence of my child would bring an end to this kind of treatment but it did not take long for me to figure out that when the opportunity to reduce a woman to sexual object occurs, few are willing to forgo it.
A Brooklyn rap prodigy who is sick of guys eyeballing and catcalling his mother is burning up YouTube with a song titled “Stop Looking at My Moms.”
The video by Brian Bradley, a 14-year-old who performs under the name the Astronomical Kid, has racked up nearly 200,000 views.
“Just ’cause I’m a shorty, don’t think I won’t do you no harm – stop looking at my moms!” He raps, wearing an ’80s-style gold rope chain and a mohawk.
The tongue-twisting lyricist, who looks about 10, says his inspiration came from real life.
“I didn’t like the way people were staring at my mother when I walked down the street. It was very offending,” the Bedford-Stuyvesant teen said.
“Every kid goes through that; every mother goes through that.
“Women, they are not pieces of meat. They are human beings. They should be respected,” he added. “Men should know better.”
Brian, a 5-foot-3 high school freshman, said he was infuriated by drooling men hollering, “Yo, Ma! What’s good, Ma?” at his mother on the street.
“I decided instead of being violent, and going about it the wrong way, I’d put it on a record,” he said. “It’s a track everyone can relate to. I don’t like people lookin’ at my moms. I’m pretty sure nobody likes it.” (source)
This is a young man that gets what so many grown men seem to continually fail to grasp. Women have the right to walk down the street without constant harassment. It is not a compliment to be treated like a sexual object, as though you have no value. Perhaps if these oglers would take the time to realize that all women have value and people that love them, they would learn that overt sexualization is truly harmful. Watching this video gave me hope that the next generation will truly confront many of the isms that we have internalized.