Did You Know That Sexism Was Over?

Did You Know That Sexism Was Over?

Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,23 August 2016

Did you know that sexism was over? Me neither. Because it’s not. Like not even remotely. When we first saw the Interwebz telling us that 56% of men think sexism is over (according to a recent survey by Pew) we laughed so hard that wine came out of our noses. This had to be a joke.

But apparently, ladies, we need to listen to these wise men; our lady parts clog up our thinking with all that estrogen and whatchamacallits. Thank the dear sweet baby Jesus we have the menfolk to tell us what to do with our bodies and to let us know that sexism is over!

Unsurprisingly the party that has chosen Donald Trump as its leader goes even further; 75% of Republican men say we can stop griping about women’s rights and get back in the kitchen because “obstacles that made it harder for women to get ahead are largely gone.” Also unsurprisingly when it comes to actual women in the survey, more of us—Republican and Democrat—think that “significant obstacles make it harder for women to get ahead than men.” Rounding out the results, and proving why the next men we’ll sleep with will more than likely be Democrat, 60% of Democratic men say sexism still abounds.

Right now I want to address the 56% of men and 34% of women who think sexism is over. What makes you think this is true? What evidence do you point to that leads you to believe gender inequality is a thing of the past? I want to know. Please tell me (reach me on Twitter @Adrinibot and use #SexismIsOver). I’ve sat down and tried to think of what could cause you to believe it and all that happens is my right eye twitches and I start to throw things so you’ll have to tell me your reasoning before I go insane and start punching people in the throat.

Let’s just take a look at the recently concluded Olympics:

  • Headlines devoted to Michael Phelps getting a silver while the smaller text goes to Katie Ledecky breaking a world record
  • Newscasters belittling female medalists for not smiling and not wearing concealer on their zits, and forgetting to put on a little blusher
  • An announcer giving the glory for the achievements of Katinka Hosszu, a Hungarian medalist, to her husband and coach.

Do women have it better now than 100 years ago? Of course. America might actually elect a female President before the 100th anniversary of us winning the right to vote. Now when we get harassed or discriminated against at work (yes, this still happens ALL OF THE TIME) we actually have options other than sucking it up or “finding a new career.” We can go to med school or law school and even become Supreme Court Justice (as long as at least 6 of the other people on the bench are be-testicled).

Does that mean we have nothing left to fight for? Of course it doesn’t. Now is when we have to dig in deeper. Because we have to fight against complacency, against those who say we’ve come so far we should be happy with where we are, and against those who bury their heads in the sand to the sly and pernicious sexism that pervades our economy, political life, and social structure. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

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