As Melissa McEwan wrote in her article Feminsm 101: “Feminists Look for Stuff to Get Mad About”: “the idea that addressing “the little things,” like being told to smile or misogynistic t-shirts, somehow demeans feminism or distracts from “real” or “serious” sexism is utt...
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...en you call a woman “bossy” or a “bitch” for being demanding and in charge in a way that you’d consider normal for a man, when you’re offput by the strength and security in a woman’s tone that would otherwise be normal on a man, when you assert that women don’t strive for leadership positions because they are naturally more self-conscious than men, you are keeping the gap in wages in place. You are preventing women from reaching their goals. You are causing the self-consciousness that prevents women from going for what they want, and what they deserve. Women are not born that way; we are all just made to think that way by the microaggressions we experience growing up. Every forum, every discussion, is a step toward figuring out what to do about these problems, and eradicating them. Every time someone speaks up and challenges someone else’s ignorance, it’s progress.
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