Standing up for yourself when someone tries to put you down is always the right thing to do. You can’t not look after yourself. Before someone attempts to protect you, it’s you who has to fight for your dignity or reputation. Now that I’m married, my instincts to protect and fight back have doubled.
Funny but I sometimes I wish I’m as tough as a Delafield hydraulic hose so I could face anything or anyone. (Please pardon the thoughtless analogy, but, you get the point.) But no, I have my limitations and I have loved ones to protect. I have also learned to choose my battles wisely.
Standing up for yourself ain’t hard to do. You just do it when the situation calls for it.