Princess culture, Super Bowl ads, and other sexist bullshit I hate

Feb 07 2013 Published by under Women's Issues

The Future Is Female

Trigger warning: discussion of rape, sex trafficking

The older I get, the more I realize just how big the steaming piles of sexist bullshit are that society shovels onto girls and women every single day. From princess culture to the multi-billion dollar “beauty” industry, making billions by telling women they are too fat, too wrinkly, and too ugly; from the Republican right’s incessant chipping away at women’s access to affordable birth control and safe abortion to now blocking the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act because of changes that would extend protection to gays, lesbians, immigrants, and Native American women — some days it’s hard for this feminist to get out of bed and face the day.

Last week, after sitting through the seemingly endless barrage of sexist Super Bowl XLVII ads, learning that sex trafficking is a serious problem in my state (I don’t know why I’m surprised, it exists everywhere), and reading the transcript of a YouTube video where a high school boy laughs and jokes about a girl at a party being passed around and repeatedly raped while she was unconscious, I’m losing hope that I will live to see the day where all people, regardless of gender, will be treated as equals and with respect.

Those who say we live in a post-feminist society are completely full of shit. Folks, it’s time to put on our hip waders and start shoveling. We have a lot of work to do. How are you helping to bring equality to all?

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2 responses so far

  • I don’t know WHAT to do, but I have been extra-horrified by humanity lately. Maybe you could write a post of possible first steps?

    I’m a teacher, and sometimes have meaningful discussions with my students… but that’s the tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg. I’m shy and dread confrontation, so it’s hard for me to say anything remotely political. It’s a lot of work to keep up with current issues and wrap my brain around all the arguments made for and against certain things…. but how I make any difference without being informed?

    • Cheryl says:

      Rebekkah, I don’t have all of the answers, for sure. I definitely get overwhelmed, too. Even the simplest things can make a difference, though. I’m making a conscious effort to refer to adult females as women instead of girls. I say something simple like, “that’s not funny” when someone tells a sexist or misogynist joke. I don’t let my female friends speak negatively about their looks or bodies when we are hanging out, and I work hard to not say negative things about myself. A follow-up blog post is a good idea. Thanks for reading!

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