I honestly find you disgusting if you believe that the only way for a woman to express herself “correctly” -and I use that term only to summarize your opinion that women have a responsibility to combat sexism- is by taking offense and making clear that something shouldn’t be said to them.
A woman has every right to say WHATEVER the hell she wants to when she’s been insulted. Period.
Doesn’t matter if it’s to an activist or to a store clerk. I’m amazed that you were offended by his comment, and THEN offended with my polite response. I have the fucking right to be polite. I don’t have to say, “I’m offended.” That is the fucking exercise of my right as a woman to choose what I think, feel, and say.
For you to tell me that you were really offended by me, because I “played into the male perspective” is just a sorry ass excuse to cover your own damn sexism, which is that “women should be this way. If they’re not, they’re not an advocate for women’s rights.
Hmmmmmm, telling a woman how to be…. not sexist?????
Maybe you should take a moment to consider what a woman’s right actually is. And maybe you should try to understand that advocating for women’s rights is expressed differently among women, and not just in your narrow-minded viewpoint.