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:
A: The marginalization of babes, honeys, sweethearts, and princesses of all ages.
A: If you’re the type who tends to believe women when they describe their personal experiences, then yes.
A: Sexism has largely been eradicated except in advertising, child care, sports, the workplace, the internet, politics, entertainment, any public space, and personal relationships.
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.
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.
A: Closely follow women home from the train to make sure no one disrespects them.
A: A monthly stipend will be deposited into your account.
A: No fucking idea.