Sexism. If you look up the dictionary definition, it refers to “ What scares me the most from this is that, despite sexism being a gender-neutral concern, it is evident that it mainly affects women. I know this isn’t a ‘new’ affair, since sexism towards women has been going on for many years, but isn’t that the issue? Why, in this day and age, do we still follow perceived stereotypical gender roles? “
Sexism is a serious issue to address, often one which is overlooked because the world and the people around us, live in a deluded state where we have overcome the barriers of gender stereotypes. Now you may be thinking why a 17 year old, who quite possibly knows nothing of the true hardships of facing sexism (since I have yet to see the ‘real world’) is ranting on about this issue. Debatably, I haven’t faced sexism to an extreme, but I do know what it feels like. My parent’s ideals are secluded into a tiny box which revolves around the idea of gender roles- “girls should be this”, “boys can do that.” I am grateful for everything my parents have provided for me, but their sexist views are like a stake through the heart.
But maybe it’s not their fault? We are bombarded with sexist views in our daily lives, from product advertisements to simple comments made by strangers. Through the years, women have been objectified and portrayed as inferior, in adverts promoting the sales of cars, cigarettes and even vitamin pills! As an evolving society, exposed to many media and technology platforms, we have become influenced and almost hypnotised by the projected screens and moving images- we lose sense of what is right and what is sexist.
To put someone in a cage surrounded with ideas on who they have to be and how they have to act, to fit in with society’s norms, should not be so easily neglected. Gender roles should be a thing of the past, an ancient artifact. Husbands should be able to care for their children at home, whilst their wives have 9-5 day jobs, without society deeming it as ‘unusual’, ‘poor parenting’ or ‘weird’. The idea of one gender being superior than another is absurd, there is no greater gender.
In a general poll with one critical question: ”Is sexism still present in today’s society?”, 6% went with no. Society should wake up and begin to see the issues laid in front of us- sexism does still exist. No matter what sex an individual is, they have most likely faced gender stereotypes sometime in their life. By talking about sexism, we can spread awareness which is vital for those who are oblivious, as only then can we make a difference.