What is sexism?

1. "For a woman, you are surprisingly well at work "

Women who succeed in the more recently male field - science and sport, for example - are not used to this “compliment in reverse”. Having uttered these condescending words, many men, on the one hand, recognize women's success, and on the other, they immediately devalue it. Have you ever met a man who at least once said that he is doing something well, despite the fact that he is a man?


2. “Calm down”

When men express their opinions with passion, this is their plus. When women do this, their words and opinions, the anxiety or enthusiasm they express, are often not taken seriously, attributing them to female “sensitivity”. To tell women to relax or calm down when they express their opinions, especially in a professional environment, is to stop them from doing work.


3. “Smile!”

Many women will say that they have heard such a phrase more than once when, for whatever reason, they allowed themselves to have a neutral, unemotional, brooding, or angry expression on their faces. At the same time, it doesn’t matter for what reason: perhaps the woman just walked down the street, rode the subway or concentrated on current affairs. Be that as it may, if she does it without a smile, in the opinion of many, she challenges the female “duty” to look cute and affable.

Artist Tatiana Fazlalizade, who addressed this topic in the project “Stop talking to women to smile”, expressed the problem in the best way possible: “When a man says to a woman to“ smile ”, he is unlikely to want to encourage her. Rather, it is about demonstrating your power and control. He wants her to look more feminine towards him. He tries to make her look as he pleases. Women should only smile when they have a mood to smile. ”

5. “Cool (hereinafter the name of any part of the body)”

A recent study by Cornell University found that 85% of American women are sexually harassed on the streets before they reach the age of 17.

There is an unspoken belief that the female body can be distracting, embarrassing, and the male body is not

Harassment can take different forms - they whistle loudly after them, show offensive gestures, throw dirty smirks and glances, but more often they are expressed in unwanted comments that turn a woman into an inanimate object, highlighting certain parts of the body. As a rule, men insist that they wanted to make a compliment in this way, but the truth is that it is unlikely that they themselves ever received such “compliments” from women.

4. "You must thank God that I am "

Women are often told that they should be grateful that “something worse” has not happened to them. This is especially true in a culture that blames women who have experienced sexual violence for what happened to them. Men for the most part do not live with a similar expectation - that they need to be ready for the worst all the time. Instead of continuing to maintain this standard, it is necessary to create a world in which women live with the same basic sense of security as men.

6. "Your body /clothes /appearance confuses me, distracts attention"

The dress code in schools, universities and offices is not only annoying, but also violates the human right to have their own style. As a rule, it is mainly intended for women. There is an unspoken belief that a woman’s body can be distracting, embarrassing, but a man’s can not.

“It turns out that we want to support and protect exclusively men,” said Jessica Valenti, an expert on women's rights. “That is, women distract men from work or school, and that’s why their actions should be controlled.”

Those who still implement such messages are united by one thing - they boil down to the question of power. They seek to fully concentrate it in the hands of men, giving them the right to belittle and denigrate the "weak" sex. Should I accept or is it time to think about a different alignment of forces?

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