The two-way street of sexism

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I would first like to start by saying that I am a girl, and yes, I do realize that sexism is a real thing. I do, however, feel that sexism is blown far out of proportion in certain scenarios. While I am sure that extreme feminists would disagree with me very strongly, I would like to make the point that I do believe in equal opportunity. I do not ask for you to agree with me, but to at least hear me out.

“Sexist” is an extremely overused term in my opinion. Just because something does not seem fair or equal between men and women, does not automatically mean that it’s a “sexist” situation. For example, a man may be given a job or promoted over a woman just because they are more deserving of the job. They may be more qualified than the woman, even if the woman appears to work as hard as, or harder than the man. It isn’t fair when people assume that because the man was chosen over the woman, the employer is sexist. I understand that sometimes the employer is sexist, but this is not always the case; it seems that feminists tend to jump to conclusions before they know all the facts of the situation. Yes, I do believe everyone should get equal opportunity. However, I do not think men and women should get equal pay if one party does not deserve it. I think pay should be determined by how hard you work and how competent you are at your job. It’s not sexist for a man to get paid more than a woman if he’s better at his job. I feel like women should not be advanced in the workplace just for the sake of it; women must be deserving of the promotion to receive it.

Another situation in which “sexism” happens is in sports. Yes, I do agree that girls should be allowed to try out and be given a fair chance to play football or other male-dominated sports, but the girl needs to be qualified to make the team, just as the guys do. A girl should not be put on a football team just for the sake of having a girl on the football team. Tackle football is a male-dominated sport for a reason: you have to be strong enough to tackle or push through the big guys that are playing. I am all for girls playing football, but only if they are good enough.

I would finally like to press the matter that sexism is a two-way street, not one. Men are on the receiving end of sexism too. It may not be as extreme as what women feel that they receive, but I am not a guy, so I can not speak for what sexism they experience. However, I do know that it happens and feminists act as though only women experience sexism.

I urge others to see my point on this. Some feminists seem to think that any sort of “inequality” between men and women is sexist. It isn’t. Yes, sexism is real, but keep in mind that it is a two-way street.

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  1. Jane on April 18th, 2017 11:21 am

    Hey Alexandra,

    Well-worded argument! However, I suggest that you might want to read a little bit more into what feminists actually stand for and what it means to stand up against sexism. In regards to….

    “I do, however, feel that sexism is blown far out of proportion in certain scenarios. While I am sure that extreme feminists would disagree with me very strongly, I would like to make the point that I do believe in equal opportunity.”

    The single-lens version of sexism you’re talking about being blown far out of proportion (women getting automatically paid higher) isn’t actually what feminists believe in. Feminists try to dismantle the oppressive binary where men and women are given different access to power. Opportunity is only made equal when everyone has equal access to that opportunity. Feminists believe that gender shouldn’t be a factor for anyone- not benefiting men more or women more. Sounds like what she’s promoting makes her actually quite a big advocate for feminism! 😛

    I’m little confused about what point you’re actually arguing because you’re acknowledging that you believes in sexism so I’m not really sure if you’re trying to push for a more inclusive look at feminism. However, the way you’re coming across, sounds like you’re trying to distance yourself from “feminists.” Feminists get such a nasty stigma to them (often because of the way people talk like this) and really they’re just trying to dismantle that power imbalance, which will benefit everyone. Welcome to the feminist movement! 🙂

    Sincerely,
    A feminist

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    Jane Reply:

    Wow, some embarrassing typos in that- I swear I know how to edit my work, Mr. George! 😛

    But seriously, nice job engaging in sensitive topics like sexism! Kudos to you for pushing people to think beyond the dominant views!

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