Present-Day Sexism

Present-Day Sexism

Sexism… is this an outdated concept?

Well, it depends on who you ask. According to a recent study done by “Girlguiding” 70% of girls ages 13-21 have reported experiences of sexual harassment at school or college.

87% of girls ages 11-21 think women are judged more for their looks than ability.

47% of girls ages 11-16 are unhappy with their looks.

54% of girls ages 11-21 experience online abuse.

Furthermore, young girls are already concerned about how sexism will affect their future careers.

“Girls believe that motherhood still disadvantages women in the workplace, and almost half of those aged 11 to 21 worry that having children will negatively affect their career (46 percent). A similar number think that employers at least to some extent prefer to employ men over women (43 percent). Half worry about the pay gap between men and women (50 percent), rising to 60 percent among 16- to 21-year-olds,” showed another survey done by “Girlguiding.”

Where are these ideas coming from, though? What could possibly lead women to believe that they are viewed as easy victims, judged by their appearances or at a disadvantage in the workplace?

The real question is, where aren’t these ideas coming from?

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones told an audience of University of Virginia students in May that there would never be as many great women investors as men, because once they have children they lose focus. “Every single investment idea … every desire to understand what is going to make this go up or go down is going to be overwhelmed by the most beautiful experience … which a man will never share, about a mode of connection between that mother and that baby,” Jones said.

Even worse, “Rihanna promotes the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape,” columnist Liz Jones said.

During a debate on Fox, radio host Bill Cunningham told his fellow Fox contributor, “Wait a minute. You shut up. Know your role and shut your mouth.” Holder responded, “My role as a woman?” and Cunningham responded, “Yeah. Yeah,” and asked Holder if she was going to cry.

Then there’s the infamous Robin Thicke, famous for his song “Blurred Lines” that’s been condemned for suggesting date rape is acceptable.

The comments made by columnist Liz Jones and Thicke’s song relate to a whole new issue in themselves in regards to sexuality.

Ever heard of the term “rape culture?”

According to the Women’s Center at Marshall University, rape culture is “an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.”

Blaming the victim of a sexual assault by saying things like “She was dressed suggestively,” or “She wanted it,” is a prime example of rape culture.

Whether or not you believe in sexism or rape culture, the following survey done by the Campus Advocacy Network should be alarming to anybody.

11-14 year olds were asked when rape is okay:

51 percent of the boys and 41 percent of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, “spent a lot of money” on the girl.

31 percent of the boys and 32 percent of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience.

87 percent of boys and 79 percent of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married.

65 percent of the boys and 47 percent of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.

In a survey of male college students:

35 percent anonymously admitted that, under certain circumstances, they would commit rape if they believed they could get away with it.

One in 12 admitted to committing acts that met the legal definitions of rape, and 84 percent of men who committed rape did not label it as rape.

No matter the term pegged on this injustice, there’s no denying there is an injustice at hand.

Society teaches “don’t get raped” rather than “don’t rape.”

Is it time to change this mentality?