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Playing The Game: No means no

Everyone has experienced having a crush on someone they knew they couldn’t have. It’s human nature, whether that be because of age, they’re in a relationship or they just weren’t that interested. It happens to the best of us.

However, if someone tells a person they aren’t interested, it is not okay nor is it anyone’s obligation to feel like they should try to change that.

Time and time again we hear stories of people trying to pursue someone who just didn’t want to be pursued.

There have been countless stories of women who have told men in the club that they have a boyfriend, even when they don’t, just to get the guy to leave them alone and the guy replies with “So,” or “what does that have to do with me?”

This type of behavior is not acceptable.

One thing that sticks out the most lately is people who try and confuse others who are still discovering their sexuality.

When someone explains that they are exploring their sexuality and another individual feels it’s okay to take advantage of that is just out right wrong.

The LGBTQ community has suffered enough from people who try to throw their own beliefs onto them. The community together should have a sense of unity and togetherness.

If someone is exploring their sexuality that does not give anyone the right to take advantage of it because they see an open opportunity.

That type of situation should be handled with the utmost respect because at the end of the day, it is still new. It would in some sense be considered like losing your virginity for the first time.

When someone is exploring their sexuality and decide that it wasn’t the path that they chose to go it should not be followed with hatred and disrespect. Everyone wants to be welcomed to something new with open arms and not pushed away when they change their mind.

It’s 2019 and we are still having to teach people the importance of the phrase “no means no.” Often times this is pushed upon the heterosexual male but it truly runs much deeper than that.

It’s women too who have to understand when being dominant and nondominant in a relationship that they can’t always have what they want.

It all comes down to being who you would want to be with. Treating someone with the same level of respect that you would respect to receive.

Always keep in mind other people’s boundaries and understand that you can’t always have someone bend over backward for you.

Understanding other people’s boundaries is vital for everyday people skills and it should be considered vital when it comes to someone’s interest in another person.

Respecting people’s boundaries and understanding that no means no is all about playing the game.

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Bianca Hull
Bianca Hull, Staff Writer
Kianna Znika
Kianna Znika, Editor in Chief
Kianna Znika is the current Editor-in-Chief for Talon Marks and previously worked as the News & Community Editor. Her goal is to work for any publication that values nature, mental health, community and the overall wellbeing of others. When she's not working on a news story or sharing her unfiltered opinion with the world, she enjoys reading/writing, hanging out with friends, and taking care of her dog, geckos, and indoor plants.
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