As often as we think we’re moving closer toward equality as a society, someone comes around and screws it up. Sexism is prevalent everywhere we look. It’s on the streets, it’s even in our pens and yogurt.
And powerful people keep making sexist remarks, which it’s like, you’re in the public eye. STOPPPP. Alex Bilmes, editor of Esquire UK, said in a recent panel on sexism in the media that “The women that we feature in the magazine are ornamental.” Last I checked, having a vagina doesn’t make you a Christmas tree decoration.
Other gems from Bilmes’ panel include, “Women are objects,” and “I could lie to you and say they’re interested in their brains as well, but on the whole, we’re not. They’re there to be beautiful objects. They’re objectified.”
Bilmes isn’t the only one to say something cringe-worthy. I even found a few women who said things that made me shudder. But when you look up “sexist women quotes” you turn up “sexiest women” so…there’s that.
Check out these 8 powerful people making powerfully sexist comments:
Marissa Mayer, President & CEO Yahoo
Pretty sure feminism gave you the equal opportunities to allow you to run a huge corporation but whatever.
Pat Robertson, Founder Christian Broadcasting Network, ABC Family, Etc.
Yeah Pat, that's exactly right.
Katy Perry, Pop Star
Come onnnnnnn! Our girl icon is not a feminist, but I think she doesn't know what it means.
Rush Limbaugh, Political Talk Show Host
This also coming from a guy who called a woman a slut because she wanted birth control.
Sally Kern, Oklahoma State Legislator
Nothing like women saying women don't work as hard as men!
Todd Akin, Missouri Senator
He later said that he "misspoke," which I think is a grand understatement.
Ted Turner, Founder CNN
Well, at least your wife still loves you I guess...until you behead her.
Michael Caine, Actor & Author
Holy sexism, Batman! I don't think Bruce Wayne would be happy about this, Alfred.
Which quote do you think is the worst? Have you heard anything worse than these? Tell me in the comments!