Sexism : A Sexist Learning Environment For Women

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When most people think of sexism, they picture men blatantly disrespecting women and women doing nothing about it. They picture a female making less money than her equally qualified male counter. They picture a man getting hired over a woman. When most people think of sexism, most people think of the obvious and easy to spot examples. Contrary to popular belief, sexism is quiet and often goes unnoticed. In a world where virtually every woman has experienced sexism in one form or another, one would think change is inevitable, yet sexism persists and is arguably growing worse in intensity. In order to put a stop to sexism, it must be handled where it starts- secondary schools. In a place where women are supposed to be learning, girls are instead being discriminated against and thus not learning to their fullest potentials. Secondary schools establish a sexist learning environment for women in which female students are unable to learn to their fullest abilities. Girls in secondary schools are faced with a plethora of issues to battle day in and day out. Of these issues, dress codes remain the most prominent issue for girls; specifically those in secondary school. Girls are unable to achieve success, as dress codes prohibit learning among adolescent girls. As Christian Science Monitor muses, “The goal of most dress codes is to discourage inappropriate dress and cut down on distractions in the classroom. But the result is often institutions telling impressionable young people that their identity and the way they choose to present themselves is unimportant, rather than actually focusing the students’ attention on learning” (Lindsay). Girls are being taught in their secondary schools that a female education is of a lower priority level... ... middle of paper ... ...hat sexism in secondary schools is nonexistent, the issue of dress codes, sexual harassment, and favoritism of males in the classroom haunts many adolescent females working to attain an education. Sexism has proved over and over again to be an impediment for women striving to learn. In order for women to push through, there needs to be reform in the way sexism is handled in our secondary schools. Sexism is not something to be taken lightly. In order to eliminate any traces of sexism, dress codes, sexual harassment, and male favoritism need to be completely erased. Once any traces of female inferiority are a thing of the past, females can finally succeed in ways that feel safe and not demeaning. Equality of the sexes will not come freely; reform is needed in order for any change to come about. Sexism is and always will be a big deal. It needs to be put to an end now.
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