Symmetric views of Sexism Over the Ages

Gabrielle Cuzzola


An unfortunate constant throughout the ages that has suppressed the identity of  a variety people, but women in particularly. There is a Youtube video that has gone viral entitled “Like a Girl” (Always. “Always #LikeAGirl.” YouTube. Always, June 2014. Web. 28 June 2014). This gave me a sliver of hope that women could breakout of the undeserving stereotypes they have been pegged with since it was possible to do so. However, I rarely see males advocating the identity of women if they aren’t attractive or half-naked. The same could be said about how women see men; for example: A traveling party tour, called “I’m Shmacked,” hits all the large Universities in the country and they throw a huge event for the students. On tour in two-thousand-thirteen, I’m Shmaked went to the Florida State University  and interviewed dozens of students, posing the question Nice Guys versus Assholes.  Blogger, Taylor Irwin crafted her own synopsis of the I’m Shmacked event that supported her claim that sexism is a seriously underrated matter especially among people in their formative college years. “It’s like the commonly used excuse, ‘If she calls herself a bitch, why can’t I?’ And it’s true, if women speak of themselves like a piece of “ass,” then expect men to gladly do the same” (Irwin, Taylor. “FSU’s Take On ‘Nice Guys vs. Assholes’ Is Traumatizing Filth.” Swagger New York. Taylor Irwin, 2013. Web. 03 July 2014).

As a young woman myself, I hold myself to a standard and never put myself in a situation where being treating as an object is an option.  It doesn’t directly effect me because I don’t let it, but I do speak out when I see or hear someone’s identity is being used as a weapon to harm them. It is my moral obligation to do so; to not only represent myself and other women strongly but those who feel as if they cannot speak out for themselves.

After hearing one of the handful of speakers stand up to an objectifying statement made at the “Sex After Dark” talk, it made me proud to be a woman that has self-confidence and self -worth.  The comment, ‘how many girls does a guy have to fuck to be a whore,’ created an entirely different dynamic for the evening. The speaker grabbed the mic and let the crowd have it. She stated that it was a despicable question that is no one’s business regarding the number of men or women a person sleeps with. Question such as these, are rude awakenings of the ignorance that is unjustly contaminates the world.

Obliviously the older generation of women are more affected by sexism because of their exposure to the world views of women. The girls gave their best effort to show what ever the director told them to do with an uninfluenced opinion about the stereotype, “like a girl” versus the older women who wish they could redo their impression of what they think it means todo something “like a girl.”  The voices of people like the speaker from “Sex in the Dark,” who stand up and speak out against sexism are the difference makers in the world. Without these people, women and or men that fit in this category, would be suppressed by the stereotypes such as “like a girl” rather than being appreciated and noticed for who they are in a positive way.