Sexism is typically negative views and remarks that are usually towards females. It consists of discrimination, being prejudice and/ or highly stereotypical. Being that sexism is usually towards women, that is what this article will discuss.
Women have been looked down upon for centuries and it is time to make a stand. It is 2016 and women can hold their own, as well as changing the views of others perceptions. Few of the current issues in America, concerning the degradation of women pertains to the Patriarchal System, and Benevolent Sexism.
The Patriarchal System
Well a Patriarchy is a male dominant society in which women have been living in. Where men have authority over women (See reference sheet for citation). It is my opinion that the patriarchal system is not as bad as how it was centuries ago but it does still exist. There still has not been a woman president. My view on this is that there are a lot of men that are scared and doubtful of a woman running America. I believe this should be an Egalitarian Society which means that there are no dominance pertaining to gender or race. “Egalitarianism it’s a political doctrine that holds that all people should be treated as equals from birth, usually meaning held equal under the law and in society at large” – this has been quoted from Mastin, L. (2008). Women have shown men that they can work, be just as educated or smarter, as well as the “women” of the house hold. We have jobs as police officers, bus drivers, firefighters, and garbage “men–>woman”.
The world is viewed for genders to have their own “specific roles” and that is the problem with a patriarchal/ matriarchal (women dominant society) system. Gender roles shouldn’t matter but unfortunately they do in this world. This system has a lot of women believing that they should act or be treated in a certain way. “But truth of the matter is I believe that women should act the way they want to act and be treated the way they prefer to be treated since everyone has their own preference.” Instead, of men feeling as if they have to run everything, make decisions towards financial matters and/ or oppression that women are not allowed to rise up to leadership levels and that we should be dependent of man. This leads to men and their benevolent sexist perceptions of women.
The Benevolent Sexism
What is Benevolent Sexism? It is a chivalry attitude towards women that are sexist in terms of viewing but is portrayed to be subjectively positive. The thing is, not every woman agrees with chivalrous behavior it views women as being “warm and incompetent,” Shnabel, N., Bar-Anan, Y., Kende, A., Bareket, O., & Lazar, Y. (2016), and well not every woman follows this stereotypical role. The problem with this form of sexism is that it makes some women feel as if they are perceived as weak individuals. And, truth of the matter is it has been found to undermine women’s collective action and interfere with their cognitive performances, Shnabel, N., Bar-Anan, Y., Kende, A., Bareket, O., & Lazar, Y. (2016). “Ladies if that is how a man shows his kindness and respect towards you and you like that, awesome but make sure that he sees you as an individual that can achieve things on her own, that you are capable of doing anything he does.”
Having problems stopping Benevolent Sexist remarks and actions:
• Open the door for a man sometimes, it’s ok to show chivalry back- if you’re into that.
• If they make a rude comment like the typical “here let me get that I don’t want, you to break a nail” show them what you are capable of who knows you might be better at it than they are also inform them of their rude comment.
• When they view us as “motherly,” women are not the only ones with motherly persona men can be nurturing too. “Stop believing your gender makes your sex. You are your own person follow your own way of life, not societies.”
• Don’t have a man or anyone, thinking that you can’t or shouldn’t do certain things. We can do whatever we want. Here watch this clip maybe this will help in responding to a sexist comment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpEj00g9CyE
• Please ladies always inform the man of their rude sexist remarks as some of them are just not well educated.
Mastin, L. (2008). Egalitarianism – By Branch / Doctrine – The Basics of Philosophy. Retrieved March 01, 2016, from http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_egalitarianism.html
Shnabel, N., Bar-Anan, Y., Kende, A., Bareket, O., & Lazar, Y. (2016). Help to perpetuate traditional gender roles: Benevolent sexism increases engagement in dependency-oriented cross-gender helping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 55-75. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26461798