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5 Empowering Moments From The Girls Bathroom

Ladies, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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There are few public spaces so friendly and affirming. Whether at a bar, a party, or a rave, girls in the loo share a special unspoken bond of sisterhood built from the common experiences that make you say, "Yup, we've all been there." Nowhere else on earth will you find such warmth and empathy of what should be the most boring of places.

Here's my list of the top five most empowering moments that can only happen thanks to the magic of the ladies bathroom!

5. “You ok in there?”

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You spent the last 10 minutes bent over a toilet, crying, with a few more drinks in your system than you know how to handle on your own. Any girl who realizes what you're dealing with would come to your aid. Personally, I've been fortunate enough to never have to be on the receiving end, but I will always grab some water and spend time with someone in need.

4. “Your top is so cute!”

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It never hurts to get a little boost of confidence from a complete stranger! Moments like these remind you that we are often our own worst critics, and we deserve to feel beautiful every time we look in the mirror, not just when we look in the mirror in the bathroom of a bar.

3. “Can you help me lose this creep?”

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No girl will ever have to ask twice for this one. We all know what it's like to catch the eye of some intoxicated weirdo, for whatever reason. Different girls have different ways of handling it, from subtly redirecting the situation to full on confrontation (I tend toward this one more than I'd like to admit). But what we do have in common is that we will never leave a girl without some backup, at the very least.

2. “Your makeup is on point!"

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The way I see it, cosmetic-related compliments are in a league of their own. We put thought into outfits, but makeup is art. When a kind stranger compliments your blending or your wings or whatever it may be, she isn't just complimenting your appearance, she's complimenting your artistic talents AND your good looks.

1. “Anyone have a tampon?”

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You knew it was coming.

There is no panic on earth quite like being stuck in public and realizing your period caught you unprepared. The dread you feel when you realize you're probably going to have to roll up a hefty wad of toilet paper and try to get it to stay in place down there for the foreseeable future. When you summon the guts to ask around if anyone can help out, you will rarely be left helpless. Never is the sisterhood so strong than when a simple tampon is all you need to save your day. The best ladies of all will even offer you an extra for back-up.

With all of the struggles women have to face in life, I think it's time to appreciate the simple ways we support each other and lift each other up. Here's to the friendly strangers who make surviving womanhood possible!

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'Unplanned' Is The Movie Of The Year

Abby Johnson's story is real, powerful, and deserves our attention.

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A suspended Twitter account, an R rating, and only 1,000 theaters showing it with an expected $3 million in sales. Flash forward to when "Unplanned" started showing...it's doubled in expected sales, beaten records left and right for views and money it's bringing in and is currently ranked #4 in the US. Besides unexpected and outstanding statistics, it's a movie about something new. Something Hollywood has never covered. Something that is raw and truthful, holding nothing back even if it's hard to watch.

Abby Johnson's story is real and powerful. She's seen every single side and hidden corner of the pro-life/pro-choice movement in her own personal life, which makes her the perfect voice for the unborn and unplanned.

You can't hear her story or watch "Unplanned" without relating to at least one part of it.

Is it graphic? Yes. But is it over dramatized? Nope. Everything within the first 30 minutes of "Unplanned" is what happens every hour of every day in America and we call it equal rights for women. Personally, I've always been pro-life. But after leaving that movie, I've never been more pro-women. I was angry watching it. Women are lied to about everything in Planned Parenthood. Women are coerced into killing their own children and then told that it's not even a child yet. These women are scared, hopeless, and looking for an instant solution and Planned Parenthood takes advantage of it and makes money off it. If you're a woman and reading this, why AREN'T you angry yet?

This movie was everything the world needed after New York dropped the ban on late-term abortions. This movie is everything this country needed to see. For once, someone took a risk and threw hard, real, truth out into the world and didn't sweep it under the rug.

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It's Time To Start Standing Up For Yourself

A lot of people let others walk all over them but it's time to start standing up for how you feel.

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Whenever you've got into a confrontation or fight or anything that even resembles an argument, someone always says be the bigger person. What does that really mean? To some people, it means completely ignoring the whole situation and everyone's emotions and that isn't fair. Or maybe to some people it means letting them scream at you and you apologizing and just taking the blame.

Being the bigger person shouldn't mean these things. It should mean making sure no one is treating you poorly or taking advantage of you. Now maybe don't take it so far to become mean or a bully because that's just awful behavior.

Standing up for yourself is so empowering. If someone close to you is hurting you or taking advantage or anything you don't like, just a simple conversation can keep it from escalating. If you have a friend calling you names, even if it is just a joke, you can say something and not be a buzzkill or jerk. You 100% should feel comfortable and confident no matter who you're with.

So many times in my life I've wanted to save a friendship or relationship so I just ignored or took what other people were doing to me. This even happened and it led to an abusive relationship where I felt stuck and didn't see an out. It was an extremely eye-opening experience that taught me to never let any hurt me.

To say this is easier than doing it. Start small, if someone says something hurtful towards you just ask them not to do it again. If that person continues to hurt you leave the room or space. You need to take control of your own life and write your own story.

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