Sexism.

Note - this is not an indirect about Merrick.

Sexism.

What do you think of when you think of that word?

I think of men discriminating against women, saying they're not smart enough, that they should stay in the home and never venture outside it, and other stupid applesauce lik such.

I bet you probably do, too.

But I've been thinking about something for a long time, and I really want to say it. So I will, and I know some of you will disagree with me, but that's okay.

In my opinion, sexism isn't just discrimination against women. Now, now, I know what you're thinking: Of course it isn't, Ellie! Men being discriminated against or thought of of being of less worth than women is sexist, too! And you're right. It is. It really is. But there's another aspect to sexism I want to bring awareness too. And I don't care if you disagree with me, it's my blog, and I'm going to say it. Sexism is also discriminating against those with non-conforming genders.

What is sexism? It's prejudice or discrimination against someone because of their gender. Because of if they feel like they are male or female, or maybe something else, or a mixture, or both, or neither. And that means people who are nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, transgender, etc. Discriminating against them is sexism, too, because it's prejudice on account of what gender they identify with. And it's equally as bad as prejudice against women or against men. All sexism - including against people who are nonbinary/queer etc. - is equally as bad.

And you know what? I kind of don't care if you think people with female bodies should only act female and people with male bodies should only act male. Regardless of whether or not you agree with how they present their gender identity, you still need to treat them like human beings. Because they are. And treating them as inferior or denying them basic rights, like the ability to use a public restroom without being harassed or to wear the clothes they feel comfortable in, all because of their gender, is sexist. It's like saying men can only sit on one half of the plane or women can't wear pants. And it's not okay.

I'm just trying to bring awareness to this fact. For people who support nonbinary, genderqueer, etc. rights, be aware of this. Keep a look out for situations that are not okay. And for people who don't, don't discriminate against others because of their gender. Even if you disagree with it, treat them as human. Because they are - and acting like they aren't is no less than sexism.

Namarië,
Ellie

14 comments:

  1. I thank you for this post. Very much.

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  2. I agree with this so much.

    People are human beings. Our lives are short. So why, because I don't understand, do people feel the need to discriminate between male and female or tell people if they're a girl they have to act girly or a boy needs to act boyish. Girls can do stuff now that they didn't do 50 years ago. I can be a scientist or a doctor or whatever I want to be. I don't need to stay at home and cook and clean.

    We disused this in social studies last year. I think about it a lot, actually.

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    1. YES YES YES YES YES YES THANK YOU.
      Ikr. Gender roles are stupid.

      - Ellie

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  3. yes YES. This is such an amazing topic and you put it perfectly.

    I hate it when people only talk about sexism towards females and males. There are other genders too.

    THIS IS JUST AMAZING OKAY THANK YOU FOR THIS.

    ~Noor

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    1. Thank you so much, love.
      IKR! And it's the trans, agender, etc. people who are generally affected by sexism the worst. We should definitely be discussing it more.

      - Ellie

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  4. Really i am unsure of what to say aside from "yup. I agree with all that."
    But if i see anything not ok, it shall be dealt with. Shun may have to be used.

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    1. ^^
      beautifully written, ellie. <3

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    2. Thank you both so much <3

      - Ellie

      P.S. The power of Shun will be harnessed and the fiends punished.

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  5. Good. This is a good post. (Idk what else to say but yeah)

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  6. ~unrelated to post~

    I thought of something.
    If you can look at your past selves with disappointment and embarrassment, maybe that's a good thing, because then you're either improving or you're finding new and spectacular ways to fail.

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    1. That is a very very good thought.

      - Ellie

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  7. If women can't wear pants, then I'm in serious trouble. I only wear skirts once in a while. Well, I guess that means homeschooling for me!

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