During the last few decades women have become more vocal about the inequalities and wrongdoings they have suffered for hundreds of years. We have come a long way from not having the right to vote or move around freely to building our own successful careers and travelling the world without anyone’s permission. But despite all the wins, there is still a long way to go. Sexism is still very much real for thousands of women all over the world. Sometimes it’s blunt, yet other times it’s so subtle people don’t think much of it. Here are 9 examples of casual sexism you should be aware of.
Whether you are in an undeveloped Asian country or in a prosperous district of a metropolis, this can happen anytime. Women are still being whistled at or catcalled when they are simply passing by minding their own business. You don’t have to wear something special or do anything – some men would still call you out, shouting some unsavoury things, thinking they are making you a compliment or something. If this happens to you, you don’t have to react. This is street harassment and it’s getting banned in some countries. In fact, you can also report it if things get too bad!
Sexist jokes seem to be a kind of a genre of its own, which makes it even worse for women. How many times have you heard jokes about some inadequate women treating their boyfriends or husbands in a way no sane woman ever would? Or those numerous kitchen jokes that seem so out of this century? If you hear something like that (and I’m sure you will) you don’t have to pretend you like it. In fact, it’ll be best if you say it out loud that those kinds of jokes are offensive and no fun at all. Explain why you feel like that if you think it’s relevant. People might actually change their minds.
Feminism is all about recognising women’s rights and revealing social inadequacies when women are concerned. Naturally, we’d all want to call ourselves feminists, but for some reason we shun this word. Feminism has gotten a bit of a bad rep with a little help of its extremist members, but that’s all most men (and some women) seem to care about. People who aren’t closely familiar with feminism condemn it as being crazy and label all feminists inadequate, making numerous jokes about it. Feminism has as many negative connotations as a swear word!