Nobody likes sexism, but sometimes acts of sexism can get so ingrained into society that people might not even realize they’re doing something degrading to women. Or, if they know something's sexist, they might not think anything can be done about it. That’s why UK writer Laura Bates founded The Everyday Sexism Project.
Some people don’t want to acknowledge that sexism still exists, so Bates started the project to document it and show people how serious the issue is. Everyone is invited to share personal stories, and it’s more than OK to use a made-up name if you don’t want your real name attached. “By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss,” Bates wrote.
The website already has countless stories of sexism women face daily. There are stories about women being told they can’t go after the careers they want. There are women who are groped and then told it’s their problem if they find this upsetting. There are women who are informed they can be pretty or smart, but not both. Sound familiar? This sort of stuff goes on every day. And, as Bates points out, women are often dismissed when they bring up these instances of sexism. The Everyday Sexism Project is a safe haven for women and an outlet to bring about real change.
“If you have experienced sexism, just everyday, small, so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism, please share your story so we can prove how widespread the problem really is,” Bates said.
Do you have a story you’d like to share?