“You throw like a girl!”
“She was totally asking for it! Did you see what she was wearing?”
Have you ever heard or said any of these phrases at your school? If so, you have become a subject of sexism.
Sexism by definition is “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.”
Sexism is a very important issue that needs to be talked about today in our society, but is hardly ever addressed. It is one of the most degrading things that has ever come about and we need to do something to stop it. No more!
With the widely accessible internet we have today, many people are influenced by what’s popular or “mainstream.” Just log in on any type of social media, and you are bound to find examples of sexism.
These “jokes” made with the intention to demean masculinity or femininity need to be stopped. If you ever hear someone say “Man up!” that right there is sexism. This implies that there is a normative definition of a man that is extremely sexist. It’s basically code for “don’t be weak” or “don’t show emotion.” We’re all human beings! We all have to show emotion someway or another.
Another popular joke and/or insult used among generations of kids and sometimes adults is the phrase “You throw like a girl!” Mostly used to insult men, this statement degrades an entire gender as a whole. Does this mean that every single girl out there is weak and wimpy? Is this saying that girls are not capable of being strong and powerful “like men”?
//Trigger Warning// Although this next phrase is more closely related to rape culture, probably the most sexist phrase out there is “She was asking for it. Did you see what she was wearing?” when talking about rape or rape victims. No one ever asks to be raped. No one. A girl could be wearing a t-shirt and jeans or a mini skirt and a crop top and it would still never be her fault if she got raped. It is never the victim’s fault that he/she got raped.
By ridding these phrases and many more from our vocabulary, we can make our world a much more tolerant place. Educating yourself on these topics can help you and others become more aware of the everyday sexism going on around you. You can help make our high school and our world better places just by informing yourself and taking a stand against sexism. It starts with you.