Sexism: How Common Is It Really?

When I was a child, my friends and I had to deal with each other’s teasing. I didn’t find it a very big deal. After all, we would toss out these insults, because these were our friends. A few years later, bullies started teasing, too. This became a bit harder to deal with, but we managed. We stuck together, getting through it, still the same as always. We stopped making fun of each other, though. Many years later, when we grew older and became adults, sexism seemed to become non-existent.

My child came home one day, crying about how he was called a girl. I told him to be a man. I immediately regretted it. I took him out to his favourite restaurant and got movie tickets for us both. When we got home, I put him to bed and thought about what I had said and why I said it. It turns out, sexism does exist. As a matter of fact, I had become the contractor of it. It came out of my mouth so easily as if it was normal to be sexist. This memory haunted me for quite a long time, and I paid more attention to what I said. I picked up more than just what I said. I heard a lot coming out of my colleague’s mouths too. Don’t do what I did. Watch what you say, because sexism may be more hurtful than you would find it.

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