Well, it’s hard to believe, but we’re almost done with the first month of 2016. How’s it treating you? Have you gotten used to writing “2016” instead of “2015” on all of your papers? What about your New Year’s resolution, have you given up on that yet?
Well, if your sole resolution was “not to be sexist,” chances are good that you’ve broken that one already. Though, at this point, we’re just twenty-two days into the new year, it’s already proved itself to be pretty rough–in terms of an unexpected armed-militia situation, yes, but also for women in general. I mean, it’s not absolutely terrible (no more terrible than it has been in years past, anyway), but pretty disquieting nonetheless. Sexism is alive and well in 2016–everyone from Amy Schumer to Hillary Clinton has experienced it–and, while it’s not necessarily unexpected, it’s not super fun. But it can be constructive to talk about–so, without further ado, check out these ridiculously sexist things that have already happened in 2016:
1. Rey’s exclusion from the Star Wars Monopoly game:
— Carrie Goldman (@CarrieMGoldman) January 4, 2016
Overall, the latest Star Wars movie has been considered a win for women, thanks to the inclusion of Rey, a badass feminist hero. But for whatever reason, Rey was excluded from a new release of the Star Wars Monopoly game. Hasbro, the game’s manufacturer, said that this was to avoid “spoiling” the film, but fans didn’t buy it, pointing out that Rey is basically the heart of the film through the hashtag #WheresRey. (This ended pretty well, though–thanks to the Internet outrage following Rey’s exclusion, Hasbro said they will include her in their next edition of Star Wars Monopoly.)
2. This “joke” on Amy Schumer:
Amy Schumer likes to joke about her sex life, which some people seem to think makes her a ripe target for sexist jokes. While at the Critic’s Choice Awards, a teen film critic posted a (now-deleted) photo of him and Amy Schumer with the caption, “Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that.” Schumer responded, saying, “I get it. Cause I’m a whore? Glad I took a photo with you. Hi to your dad.”(For what it’s worth, the critic apologized and Schumer seemed to be okay with it, so, all’s well that ends well?)
3. Bryce Dallas Howard’s Golden Globes Dress:
Usually, celebrities going to major awards shows are sent dresses by designers in hopes that they’ll wear them on the red carpet. Not if you’re above a size six, though–at the Golden Globes a few weeks back, Bryce Dallas Howard (who you probably remember from Jurassic World) revealed that she had to buy her own dress, since designers don’t send you as many if you’re a size six.
She still looked great, obviously, but that’s not the point–wanna bet that male actors with larger sizes still get their suits comped?
4. The Golden Globes in general:
While we’re on the topic of the Golden Globes…yeah. That wasn’t great, either. As Alex Rees at Cosmopolitan pointed out, host Ricky Gervais’ jokes kinda sucked because most of them had minorities as their target. Gervais told two of jokes about trans women–including a dig at Caitlyn Jenner’s car crash from last year, which especially isn’t funny since someone actually died in it–and Jeffrey Tambor, who plays trans character MAura Pfefferman on Transparent, saying, “Every day he has to put on all those women’s clothes and the hair and makeup and let people film it. That takes balls.” Haha. Okay.
5. Hollywood as a whole, actually:
Hollywood being sexist isn’t anything new, really, but it still deserves to be talked about. In the latest issue of Elle, successful female actresses like Julie Louis-Dreyfus and Viola Davis talked about how hard it can be to survive as an actress in Hollywood with everything from being cut out of roles if you’re larger than a size two to just having a lack of substantive roles for women in general if you’re over thirty.
6. “Hillary Clinton Isn’t A Lesbian–But She Dresses Like One.”
LaSt week, Slate published an article titled, simply, “Hillary Clinton Isn’t A Lesbian–But She Dresses Like One.” It was a title very clearly designed to attract clicks and incite outrage–the actual piece itself is much more thoughtful than its title lets on–which it accomplished but it’s still an irksome reminder that any woman, no matter how powerful she is, can’t really esca[e being judged for her clothes and looks. (If you’re looking for a palate cleanser, AutoStraddle published this delightful rebuttal.)
7. This “honest guy:”
— DailyEdge.ie (@dailyedge) January 16, 2016
This might not be strictly “sexist,” necessarily, but it is…creepy? Unsettling? Whichever way you think of it, it certainly is not great for women overall. A woman left her phone on a train in Australia and a guy found it and returned it to the lost and found. Nice, right? Not really–before doing so, broke into her phone, swiped right on himself on Tinder, and posted a creepy Facebook status on her account saying that she should give the “honest guy” who did this a chance and hit him up. K.
8. “Lady Doctors:”
— Kate Evans (@KateEvans90) January 19, 2016
Over in England, a columnist for the Sunday Times, Dominic Lawson wrote that increased numbers of female medical graduates are to blame for a recent dearth of overtime work in hospitals. Female doctors were all, “Uh, not really,” and started the #likealadydoc hashtag to protest the claim.
9. The fact that women pay more for goods than men do:
According to research by The Times, women are often charged up to 37% more for goods than men are.
This isn’t really a new “thing” that happened in 2016–rather, it’s the reveal of something that’s been going on for a while now–but now that there’s a concrete number, it makes it that much harder tyo accept. (And, you know, you shouldn’t.)
10. This sign:
This is an…odd story. An autobody shop in Prince Edward Island has recently become the target of ridicule on social media, who say that it’s sexist and misogynistic for putting up the sign above. Given that the sign, if you can’t tell, says, “Women are like snowflakes: They can’t drive,” this isn’t totally unwarranted.
But, here’s the thing–the joke is actually from a tweet from comedian Megan Amram, who clearly meant the tweet to poke fun at people who would actually believe something like that, and is clearly enjoying its fallout. So, uh, joke’s on the sexist people?
Were you surprised by any of these things? Did I forget anything? Let us know in the comments!