Though opportunities for women have increased considerably over the past century, insidious everyday sexism continues to inform the female experience. Here are some commonly asked questions about this pervasive form of discrimination:
Q: What is sexism?
A: The marginalization of babes, honeys, sweethearts, and princesses of all ages.
Q: Does sexism still exist?
A: If you’re the type who tends to believe women when they describe their personal experiences, then yes.
Q: How much sexism is there in our society?
A: Sexism has largely been eradicated except in advertising, child care, sports, the workplace, the internet, politics, entertainment, any public space, and personal relationships.
Q: Who is harmed by sexism?
A: It ultimately hurts everyone because of the way discrimination erodes societal values and dovetails with other modes of oppression, but to answer your question: women.
Q: Is sexism as prevalent as women say it is?
A: No. The longstanding practice of ignoring, invalidating, and silencing female voices would indicate that sexism is much more prevalent than women say it is.
Q: This is one of those things that’s uncomfortable to talk about and impossible to fix unless we talk about it, isn’t it?
Q: What can I do to combat sexism without giving up any of the privilege I take for granted or doing any serious self-examination?
A: A succinct Facebook post about how all women are beautiful should do it.
Q: How can I help prevent this behavior?
A: Closely follow women home from the train to make sure no one disrespects them.
Q: As a man, what are the benefits to combating everyday sexism?
A: A monthly stipend will be deposited into your account.
Q: What would a world without sexism look like?
A: No fucking idea.