I am so glad that I am lucky enough to live in a country where women have rights. Feminism has come a long way, but we still have more to accomplish. We live in a world where women are subtly told they are inferior to men.
Maybe this all has to do with the first female presidential candidate being elected, but I have noticed more and more sexist remarks being made every day.
Recently, I bought a Spider-Man tshirt from the men’s section, and let me tell you, all hell broke loose. I was criticized for being into sci fi and shopping in the men’s department. I can’t believe I actually have to justify my actions for buying a tshirt, but here I am. I bought the shirt in the men’s section for a few different reasons.
- The women’s section didn’t have anything sci fi related.
- The men’s section is cheaper.
- The material used in men’s shirts is far more durable than women’s clothing.
After buying this shirt, I was told no guy would want to go on a date with a “non girly girl.”
I’m going to let you take a break for that well needed eye roll.
Back to the story. Not only was I told that I should prioritize guys’ opinions over my own, but all men were generalized in the process.
Within this past week, I was also told by an older relative that I better learn to cook and clean properly so my future husband will stay with me. Apparently, I’m going to be getting married in the 1950’s.
Now, I don’t want you to think this post is all about how sexist comments are “offensive.” The problem runs so much deeper than that.
The problem is that women are still viewed as objects. As long as women are viewed as objects, their basic human rights are reduced. Instead of women getting justice when raped, they are asked what they were wearing, and told that it’s a compliment. Instead of making a fair amount of money for their work, there are still women that are being paid less than men for the same exact work performed. Instead of being allowed to celebrate their bodies, women are shamed (and taxed) for natural occurring processes, aka, the pink tax.
The problem has never been about sexist comments, it is about equality and deserving basic human rights.
Just because I am a woman, doesn’t mean I can’t be myself. Just because I am a woman, doesn’t mean I am any less of a human than a man.
Be kind always.