Even though it’s 2015 and so much has changed in the world, sexism is still alive and well. Many people would like to believe that men and women are equal and that feminism is no longer needed, but those people are incorrect. Sexism still occurs every single day, and if we don’t acknowledge it, we can never work towards fixing it.
It can be uncomfortable to be the one who points out examples of sexism in every day life. It can be so uncomfortable that sometimes we choose not to think about it at all, and so we ignore it because you know what they say – ignorance is bliss. That’s why days like today, when #EverydaySexism has been a top trending topic on Twitter for the entire day, are so important. It brings awareness to sexism happening right now, sometimes happening to women every day. Don’t believe me? Here are 20 tweets with important examples of #everydaysexism that will surprise you:
When the worst thing you can do to a boy–the most effective way to insult him–is calling him a girl. That needs to change. #EverydaySexism
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) April 16, 2015
Yep. Why is it insulting for a guy to think of himself as girly?
#everydaysexism is going for dinner with a man and the server always handing the credit card – with a female name on it – back to him.
— Rachael (@rhaegal) April 16, 2015
Because women can’t pay for meals, right?
Being told to 'man up' when suffering through tough times. #EverydaySexism
— Tyler (@Skulburn) April 16, 2015
What you’re basically saying when you say “man up” is that men are stronger than women. Nope.
Women's breasts are used to sell cars, beer, sneakers, jeans, burgers and fries but feed a child in public and she's shamed.#EverydaySexism
— regdog (@TierzaChels) April 16, 2015
If boobs aren’t for sex, then what’s the point of boobs, right?
#everydaysexism is men being automatically arrested in cases of domestic violence and abuse, even when they're the victim.
— Chloe Price (@Dekashoko) April 16, 2015
Sexism isn’t always sexism towards women, and it’s important to remember that too.
Feeling guilty for crying because you're a man when its actually a natural thing to do. #everydaysexism
— Coombs (@benmandysson) April 16, 2015
This is about men, but it’s important for women to remember this. Men are allowed to have feelings just as much as we are.
— My Daughter's Army (@mydaughtersarmy) April 16, 2015
SO MUCH TRUTH.
Constant nosy questions about when I'm going to get a boyfriend, get married and have babies. Who said I want those things? #EverydaySexism
— Danielle Parish (@DanielleParish3) April 16, 2015
Assuming that a woman’s goal in life is to be in a relationship and have children is sexist. Because we’re about more than just that.
The fact that telling a man 'no' on a night out will only be taken seriously when in conjunction with 'I have a boyfriend' #everydaysexism
— Sarah (@smillshickss) April 16, 2015
Because a lot of dudes only respect the no if another dude is involved.
"You're being bossy" But if it was a male he would be seen to be powerful & in control. Not for a woman, though. #everydaysexism
— Alana (@0192am) April 16, 2015
Yup. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a man being called bossy, but every time a woman is in control someone calls her that.
"you're pretty good at that, for a girl" #everydaysexism
— jørgie (@xjorgie) April 16, 2015
As if being a girl means you won’t be good at something? Kay.
women are taught not to get raped instead of men being taught not to rape #everydaysexism
— ellie✨ (@elliegalaxies) April 16, 2015
This is STILL happening. It’s 2015, and this is STILL happening.
My wife and her female colleagues worrying about reporting a colleague who is harassing them b/c it might affect their jobs. #EverydaySexism
— Daniel Watkins (@Odd_Bloke) April 16, 2015
Sad, but true. It happens all the time.
'ooooh, who are you trying to impress?' when i do my make up/dress nicely. like lmao myself bye. #everydaysexism
— ellie✨ (@elliegalaxies) April 16, 2015
#EverydaySexism is telling my male friends about sexism and they telling me I'm "too sensitive."
— MsKaliMa (@love_an_artist) April 16, 2015
Exactly. This is why so many people don’t call it out – because too many people act like it’s no big deal.
Mentioning I like things considered to be "guy interests" and then being questioned on everything to prove I'm a "true fan." #everydaysexism
— Jeanette (@JeanHar) April 16, 2015
Ugh yes. This is so true and so annoying.
girls at my school being sent home and given discipline for wearing tights at school as its "innapropriate and distracting" #everydaysexism
— jess (@NICEDYNAMlTE) April 16, 2015
As if it’s the girls fault that a boy gets distracted.
People saying "isn't he good" or "you've got him well trained" to me about my husbands interactions with his own children. #EverydaySexism
— Steph (@Stephcycles) April 16, 2015
This happens all the time. When my boyfriend does something nice, sometimes people congratulate me. Excuse me?
The whole "women are so complicated" thing really bothers me, it manages to be sexist against both genders at once #everydaysexism
— thx for the pizza (@hyclrs) April 16, 2015
Yep. I hate when people say stuff like that.
Not sure whats sadder, the tweets on #everydaysexism or fact so many men are jumping in giving excuses or saying women are exaggerating?
— Usagi Tsukino (@SenshiUsagi) April 16, 2015
Which of these examples of #everydaysexism was most surprising to you? What do you disagree with? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.