You’re being emotional! Subtle sexism and why it isn’t just women’s issue
Ah, good old sexism, very much alive and thriving. In a world where Trump is a president and with Brexit negotiations just around the corner, it seems the world has gone back a few decades to a time where being racist, sexist and xenophobic is okay.
Well, it’s not okay. The current political scene seems to have given permission to some to crawl out from under the proverbial rock and show us their ugly faces and even uglier thoughts. From the ridiculous ideas that women can’t be president because they might get their period and nuke something, to the everyday office sexism of being told your attitude is counterproductive because you’re passionate about something, sexism is something we deal with on daily basis.
Anytime a woman displays her emotions, she is at risk of being labelled irrational, overly emotional, moody, crazy, hysterical or PMSing. What might surprise some, however, is the fact that this type of rhetoric is not only hurting women but men as well.
Statements like that paint a picture of the world where expressing emotions are considered a shortcoming, a sign of weakness. In reality, there is less than a 3% gap between the genders and their probability of suffering from depression. Moreover, men are four times more likely to commit suicide, which makes it clear that both genders are susceptible to emotions and mental illness.
So stop labelling women as emotional and stop making emotional intelligence and expressing your feelings something that makes a man somewhat less of a man.