SexismHistory (2)The United States is divided in our understanding of how we should relate to each other and to ourselves. We use the words “liberal” and “conservative” to describe this division as we plunge into heated debate about sex, gender, race, and class—but the debate often leaves us frustrated and angry.  And in the midst of it, we are simply living our lives.

You might be:

  • Sorting through your experience—at school, at work, in your personal life—and trying to figure out if something is sexist.
  • Concerned about raising a girl in a culture that pushes sexiness on girls from a very young age.
  • Concerned about raising a boy in a culture that focuses on the needs of girls more loudly than the needs of boys.
  • Comparing your body to the bodies in the media, even though you know the images are altered and unrealistic.
  • Experiencing one or more forms of discrimination and feeling frustrated that those around you don’t get it.
  • Trying to balance work and family with a sense that it’s an impossible task.

All of these issues—and many others—are related to sexism. For many people, struggling with sexism also involves struggling with intersecting forms of discrimination (such as racism or homophobia) at the same time.  And it can get both overwhelming and exhausting.

My books Defining Sexism in the U.S. and Sexism and U.S. History can help you sort through the conflicting messages our society sends us about our bodies, our selves, and our place in society.


Brenda Chapman is photographed on January 26, 2012 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar

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