This is the first of many #ThisIsHowSexismEnds prompts, essays, podcasts, memes, interviews, reviews, and articles over the next month that will focus on sexism, gender bias, misogyny, and ending prejudice against women as well as ending toxic hypermasculinity against men (and the overlap attitudes against all of us).
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Men don’t want to believe that other men have done the worst things to women.
Women don’t want to believe that other men have done the worst things to women.
And so the cycle continues and progresses—even with proof that the worst things are, indeed, true.
At this point, the darkest parts of our human history have been illuminated for everyone to see, read, learn, and discuss. For most of us.
But not debate.
And still, women are not believed.
Just ask those who have settled out of court during celebrity rape case lawsuits.
Just ask those in high school and college who have been denied rape kits or legal counsel because we don’t want to believe that bad things happen without consent.
Just ask the architects of myth and religion or of theatre and battle, who agree that women are the spoils of war, or that things are different for boys than they are for girls, or that there’s no way we do the things in the dark that we spend years warning against.
Or just ask the cultures of men and women—in 2017—who marry off their daughters to have or save money because there are no factories or schools for young girls.
Whatever the case of power and influence is, we need to believe girls and women, and erase the toxic, sexist arrogance that keeps women silent.
Most people in power positions—whether it’s privilege or actual monetary or political power—will turn the case against the minority, whether the minority is a minority of power, physicality, wealth, or gender.
It’s a story as old as Lilith and Lady Macbeth.
And it’s time we solidified the new narrative and retire the old guards of sexism.
What do you say? What’s your story?
And how are you going to erase, stop, or end sexism?
Tell us, write us, call in—this is how sexism will end.
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