Society

Sexism in a Modern Era

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 Up until the 1960s, women were blatantly inferior to men. It was a common practice for women to be housewives to their husbands, stay-at-home mothers who raised the children and had a hot meal at home waiting for him after a hard day of work. Even before that, women couldn’t vote, couldn’t be in the military, and were only meant for two things: raising children and cooking dinner.

                At the time, it seemed completely acceptable that women were only there for the benefit of the men and children. However, as time went on, it was less and less okay. Women were actually prominent figures in history for years before this revelation, yet we still were treated as inferior.

                Think of it. Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly the Atlantic by herself. Susan B. Anthony managed to be a leader for equal voting rights and stood up against racism in the 1800s. Marie Curie, also a women, created polonium by herself. None of these astonishing women needed men to succeed. Not one stood ground to becoming a housewife and ‘staying in the kitchen’. And I hear that very frequently-that as a woman, I belong in the kitchen.

                As “funny” as sexist jokes may seem, men who actually believe that women are inferior have issues dealing with the fact that a woman might be better than them at something. Not only do men make women feel bad for their incessant sexist jokes, I’ve even dealt with some girls who seem to fit the sexist stereotype.

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                This leads me to my next point: women in politics. When it comes to women running for president or vice-president, we haven’t seen as many over the years as we have since the 2008 election. Sarah Palin ran for vice-president with John McCain in 2008, and Hilary Rodham Clinton ran against Obama for the democrat nomination the same year. Hilary is now the Secretary-of-State, and a highly regarded politician. She is also a woman.

                In one conversation I had about a woman president, the following quote came out of a girl, not boy’s, mouth.

                “I wouldn’t want Hilary Clinton president because she’d probably get her period and then go to war with whatever country she wanted.”

                I heard this same ‘joke’ create speculation around [mostly male] classmates while the 2008 campaign was up and running. It was about all women running at the time, Sarah especially. What makes us think that way?  Really? If you believe that a woman is incapable of being president because she’ll PMS, then you’re gravely mistaken. Especially seeing as someone in a leadership position would be able to learn how to control the side effects of their monthly visitor on their own.

                It’s things like this that I let get to me about sexism. Not to mention the hoards of men who make jokes about women belonging in the kitchen more frequently. I don’t believe in any form of sexism, not even against men; I am an avid believer that women and men are equal, and the only difference is our private parts and body types. I don’t feel I fit into archetypes.

                Why is it that women don’t have sex drives equal to that of men? It’s because the society we’re in makes it seem like men are the only ones who are allowed to enjoy sex; the woman is just there because she feels empty, and she never enjoys it. That’s what we’re taught at a young age, and once you get older you realize that’s wrong. Sex is a two-way street.  Women don’t have to be the timid ones. But if a girl has sex, she’s a whore; when a guy has sex, he’s a hero. Now, where’s the sense in that?

                It troubles me that we’re in a society where some women are even sexist against their own sex.  The bottom line is, no one is better than the other. And if you want a sandwich, you know where the bread is…make it yourself.