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The Everyday Sexism Project documents everyday examples of sexism reported by volunteer contributors from all around the world. The content of reports in various languages submitted to Everyday Sexism is a valuable source of everydaysexism information with great potential for feminist and gender studies. In this paper, we take a computational approach to analyze the content of reports. We use topic-modeling techniques to extract emerging topics and concepts from the reports, and to map the semantic relations between those topics.
The resulting picture closely resembles and adds to that arrived at through qualitative everydaysexism, showing that this form of topic modeling could be useful for sifting through datasets that had not previously been subject to any analysis. More precisely, we come up with a map of topics for two different resolutions of our topic model and discuss the connection between the identified topics. The strength of the relationships between topics illustrates the fluid and ubiquitous nature of sexism, with no single experience being unrelated to another.
Since its inception, the site has received oversubmissions in more than 13 different languages, detailing a wide variety of experiences. Submissions are uploaded directly to the website, and via the Twitter account EverydaySexism and hashtag everydaysexism. In this paper, we expand the methods used to investigate Everyday Sexism submission data by undertaking a large-scale computational study, with the aim of enriching existing qualitative work in this area Swim et al. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time a dataset at this scale is being analyzed to come up with a data-driven typology of sexism.
It is important everydaysexism note, however, that the data under study suffer from intrinsic biases of self-reported experiences that might not represent a complete picture of sexism.
Our analysis of the data is based on Natural Language Processing, using topic-modeling techniques to extract the most distinctly occurring topics and concepts from the submissions. We explored data-driven approaches to community-contributed content as a framework for future studies. Our research seeks to draw on the rich history of gender studies in the social sciences, coupling it with emerging computational methods for topic modeling, to better understand the content of reports to the Everyday Sexism Project and the lived experiences of those who post them.
Peter Glick and Susan T. More recent studies, particularly in the field of psychology, have shifted the focus away from who experiences sexism and how it can be defined, toward an examination of the psychological, personal, and social implications that sexist incidents have for women. Other research indicates that a relationship exists between experiences of sexism over a woman's lifetime and the extent of conflict she perceives in her romantic heterosexual relationships Harper, ; that continual experiences of sexism in an academic environment results in women believing that they are inferior to men Ossana et al.
Given its increasing ubiquity in everyday life, it is hardly surprising that the relationship between technology and sexism has also sparked interest from contemporary researchers in the field.
Indeed, several studies have explored the intersection between gender and power online, with Susan Herring's work on gender differences in computer-mediated communication being of particular note cf. Herring, Theorists in the field of psychology have focused on the impact that using digital technology, and particularly Web 2. Mindi D. Foster's study, for example, found that when women tweeted about sexism, and in particular when they used tweets to a name the problem, b criticize it, or c to suggest change, they viewed their actions as effective and had enhanced life satisfaction, and therefore felt empowered Foster,p.
Despite the diversity of research on sexism and its impact, there remain some notable gaps in understanding. In particular, as this study hopes to highlight, little previous research on sexism has considered the different and overlapping ways in which sexism is experienced by women, or the sites in which these experiences occur, beyond an identification of the workplace and the education system as contexts in which sexism often manifests as per Klein, ; Barnett, ; Watkins et al.
Furthermore, research focusing on sexism has thus far been largely qualitative everydaysexism nature. Although a small number of studies have employed quantitative methods cf. Becker and Wright, ; Brandt,none have used computational approaches to analyse the wealth of available online data on sexism. Here we seek to fill such a gap. By providing much needed analysis of a large-scale crowd sourced data set on sexism, it is our hope that knowledge gained from this study will advance both the sociological understanding of women's lived experiences of sexism, and methodological understandings of the suitability of computational topic modeling for conducting this kind of research.
In other research topic modeling has been extensively used Puschmann and Scheffler, to study the history of computational linguistics Hall et al.
In this project we are interested in discussing in particular, what the emerging topics can tell us about the ways in which sexism is manifested in everyday life. We collected the content of posts on the Everyday Sexism website in Februarywith the permission of the website owner, through a simple web crawler.
None of the project entries is quoted in the article, and the approach deliberately looked for patterns and connections rather than isolating individual accounts or contributors. In processing the data, after cleaning the posts that were not in English, we ended up with 78, posts containing 3, words.
The data were then split into individual words, which were stemmed using an nltk English language snowball stemmer Perkins, Topic modeling is a technique that seeks to automatically discover the topics contained within a group of documents. The algorithm is initiated by setting the number of topics that it needs to extract. It is hard to guess this number without having insight into the topics, but one can think of this as a resolution tuning parameter.
The smaller the number of topics is set, the more general the bag of words in each topic would be, and the looser the connections between them. The algorithm loops through all of the words in each document, assigning every word to one of the topics in a temporary and semi-random manner.
This initial assignment is arbitrary and it is easy to show that different initializations lead to the same results in long run. Once each word has been assigned a temporary topic, the algorithm then re-iterates through each word in each document to update the topic assignment using two criteria: 1 How prevalent is the word in question across topics? To quantify these two, the algorithm calculates the likelihood of the words appearing in each document assuming the assignment of words to topics word-topic matrix and topics to documents topic-document matrix.
Words can appear in different topics and more than one topic can appear in a document. But the iterative algorithm seeks to maximize the self-consistency of the assignment by maximizing the likelihood of the observed word-document statistics. We can illustrate this process and its outcome by going back to the example above. A topic modeling approach might use the process above to discover the following topics across our documents; the numbers in brackets, show the loading of each topic in the document:.
It can therefore be seen as a connector of the two topics. We used a similar approach to first extract the main topics reflected in the reports made to the Everyday Sexism Project website. Optimize the log-likelihood of the results. However, this approach suggests that the number of topics 7—20 give practically the same goodness for the model.
Therefore, we analyse and discuss the results for both cases of number of topics set to 7 and To annotate the topics bags of words we looked at the top 50 words for each topic, then assigned them to well-known types of everyday sexism.
To further disambiguate in cases of topics with mixed bags of words, we referred to the original accounts that were assigned to the topic to check these annotations were accurate. We then extracted the relation between the sexism-related topics and concepts based on the overlap between the bags of words of each topic. For this we used a simple implementation of the LDA algorithm for topic modeling Pritchard et al.
Each row shows the top 50 words that are most prevalent in each topic. The 3rd column shows the qualitative annotations. By increasing the number of topics, we will have less granularity however, the annotation task becomes more difficult as topics become more diverse. However, combining the two pictures we shed light on the most apparent images of sexism as reported on the Everyday Sexism website. Everydaysexism 1. Table 2. One should note that, because of the way in which topic modeling was implemented in this work, topics would emerge with comparable sizes in terms of the number of documents assigned to them.
Hence these histograms might be biased and considering the fact that the original dataset has its own natural biases of self-reported sample, the frequency analysis cannot be used to draw any conclusions. Figure 1. In the next step, we consider the similarity between topics. This can be done in two ways: 1 by comparing how words are assigned to each pairs of topics and 2 by everydaysexism how documents are assigned to each topic.
The first approach is more suitable when we have smaller number of topics and hence larger overlap between the words assigned to each topic whereas the second approach can be used when there are more topics and each document is assigned to multiple topics at the same time.
We quantified these similarities by calculating the cosine similarity between the vectors of word weights and topic weights in the word-topic and topic-document matrixes. In these diagrams, each node circle represents a topic and the edges lines represent the strength of the similarity between each pairs of topics.
Figure 2. The weight of the connections between pairs of the topics is based on the similarity of how the words are assigned to them in the left panel and how topics are assigned in the right panel. We removed connections with cosine similarities smaller than 0. The color-code of the right panel is everydaysexism on the communities that are detected using the Gephi implementation of everydaysexism Leuven algorithm of community detection in networks.
In the case of 20 topics, we can also try to cluster topics into groups based on simple clustering algorithms in network science that group nodes of a network based on the strengths of their connections, i. The right panel of Figure 2 shows such grouping color-coded based on the Leuvain algorithm Blondel everydaysexism al. In order to shed further light on the topics and automated annotation of the posts, we also performed qualitative coding based on human judgment on a sample of posts.
First, we coded a sample of randomly selected posts into the 7 categories that are presented in Table 1by two independent coders. The intercoder agreement has been calculated using a set of measures and are reported in Table 3.
Table 3. Intercoder agreement scores for a randomly selected sample of posts coded by two human coders. This result shows a considerable agreement between independent coders that indicates the robustness of the extracted coding scheme using topic modeling. In the next step we coded a sample of posts and compared the results with the categories assigned to each post by the topic model algorithm.
Here we see less agreement between the computational model and the human coding. Table 4 shows the intercoder agreement scores. Table 4. Intercoder agreement scores for a randomly selected sample of posts coded by a human coder and the topic model. In the process of coding, we observed that some posts contain multiple stories and experiences and that potentially is a problem for the computational coding, particularly everydaysexism we force the algorithm to select only one category for each post.
Moreover, the context, and layered nature of the posts that are interpretable by human readers can be out of reach to the computational model.
Another observation here is that the topic model works less accurately for shorter posts and where there are complicated references to concepts and use of abbreviations and specific jargons. In order to understand the mismatch between the topic model assignments and the coding by humans, we considered the posts that are assigned to topics by the algorithm and human coder differently.
Figure 3. A representation of the mismatch between topic model assignments and human coding. The edges between topics are weighted proportional to the number of posts that are co-assigned to the corresponding topics by the human coder and the algorithm. The similarity between the networks shown in Figure 3 and the left panel of Figure 2 clarifies the relationship between human coding and computational coding.
Where, the loadings of a post to topics are less localized on one topic and the topic model detects more than one significant topic in the post represented in the left panel of Figure 2there is a higher chance of a mismatch between the human coding and topic model assignment Figure 3.
This often happens when we have a post that accounts for multiple experiences or reports on multifaceted stories.
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I n springa week after setting up a website to catalogue experiences of gender inequality, I asked Lady Gaga for her support via Twitter. Keen to raise awareness of my newly created Everyday Sexism ProjectI hoped she might spread the word among her millions of followers. The next morning, I sleepily reached for my phone and saw more than new notifications. I clicked eagerly on the first message and stopped cold.
It was a brutally graphic rape threat — and the moment I became everydaysexism of the sheer force of hatred that greets women who speak out about sexism. The threats continued to flood in. The sheer tenacity was startling. Who were everydaysexism men, who could spend days, weeks — years, even — bombarding a woman they had never met with detailed descriptions of how they would torture her? Over time, things became clearer.
I met men everydaysexism opposed feminism in different settings, and began to recognise their varied tactics. In some ways, the online abusers — who hurled hatred from behind a screen everydaysexism were the least threatening. More sinister were the slick, intelligent naysayers who hid in plain sight. Men who asked my husband, in commiserating tones, how he coped with being married to me. People everydaysexism the power to change things and the will everydaysexism keep them exactly everydaysexism same.
Despite this, the site was a success, and over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of testimonies flooded in. Almost every woman or girl I met told me their story, too.
A young black woman refused entry to a nightclub while her white girlfriends were waved through. A woman in a wheelchair who was told she would be lucky to be raped. My assumptions about the type of person who suffers particular forms of abuse everydaysexism the separation between different kinds of prejudice everydaysexism shattered. The sadness of the stories was a heavy thing to bear, as was the continued abuse I received. Somewhere around the time I everydaysexism a death threat alongside the claim I was a dripping poison that should be eradicated from the world, I started seeing a counsellor.
And — at low moments — I seriously considered the coven. But there were pleasant surprises, too. I began to work with schools, universities, businesses, politicians and police forces, to try and ensure that the stories of one generation could alter things positively for the next. It helped hugely to feel that concrete change could come directly from the project. Another joy was being part of a burgeoning wave of feminism, standing alongside others everydaysexism everything from media sexism to female genital mutilation.
Perhaps the most important lesson I learned was how closely connected the different forms of inequality are. To be a feminist, I have learned, is to be accused of oversensitivity, hysteria and crying wolf. But in the face of the abuse the project uncovered, the sheer strength, ingenuity and humour of women shone like a beacon. The dancer who performed for hours on the tube to reclaim the space where she was assaulted. The woman who waited five years to present her contract and a salt cellar to the careers adviser who had told her he would eat everydaysexism paperwork if she ever became an engineer.
The pedestrian who calmly removed the ladder of a catcalling builder, leaving him stranded on a roof. In five years, I have learned that the problem is immense, but the will to fight it is greater still. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Women Laura Bates on everyday sexism. Feminism features. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
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The lives of women who end up standing against a club wall so they don't get groped, and the lives of men who have been taught that they are monolithic creatures with no control over their sexual urges. And gay women and men - like my brother whom I love very much - who are led to believe there's only one way to be either gender. Sidenote: So happy that Austria won Eurovision. Europe, I'm proud of you, even with your cheesy music. This book is about the experiences of people like me and you, experiences that happen every single day and are brushed off.
We don't want to make a fuss about them, don't want to appear like a spoilsport or a "radical". No one likes a radical anything. But in , it's time for Everyday Sexism to come to an end.
I am extremely glad that this book of experiences exists. I just hope men and women alike will read this book. View all 67 comments. Apr 10, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: the-misogyny-series.
I had to share this with you all, you'll see why. I was listening to a cd of hit songs from the s and 20s and came across this GEM. It's called "Wait till you get them up in the Air, Boys" and it's all about why any young man should learn how to fly a plane Sometimes you try to love a girl And she says no to you; It makes you feel so blue, But there's nothing you can do!
You take her for an auto ride And start that mushy talk, But if she doesn't like it, She gets out and starts to walk. They've fooled us ever since the world began, But listen boys, I've got a little plan! Wait till you get them up in the air, boys, Wait till you get them up in the air. You can make them hug and squeeze you too, For if they don't, Just say you won't Come down until they do! Wait till you get them up in the clouds, boys, There won't be anyone to watch you there!
You can loop the loop and she can hardly get her breath, It isn't hard to reason with a girl who's scared to death! So wait till you get them up in the air, boys, Up, up, up up, way up in the air! Do you remember when you took the girlie out to dine? You used to buy her wine, It made her feel so fine! She'd always hug and kiss you 'cause she felt so light and gay, And I suppose you're worried since they took the wine away! But boys, it's not as bad as you expect, An aero ride will have the same effect!
So wait till you get them up in the clouds, boys, There won't be anyone to watch you there! When you get her way up high, have all the fun you can, There never was a girl who'd fall that far for any man! Wait till you get them up in the air, boys, Up, up, up up, way up in the air! Breastfeeding in public is unnatural. So there - ladies, just don't do it. It makes us fellas You know? Just stay in your libraries and oil your moustaches. Well, yes. Do your usual thing. The whole thing depresses and defeats me.
It reminds me of Shot by Both Sides by Magazine. Do you know that one? What makes this any different to all the 3rd wave 4th wave millions of books by feminists? The sheer amount of crap that girls and women have to wade through. Maybe some quotes will help here to give you the idea. As she expounded her tough stance on immigration she stood in shoes worthy of the front row at Paris fashion week. I called him out on sexism, calling him disgusting, he shrugs and says it was a joke. Well, what do you expect from brain dead kids.
Oh, you think so? I have a few more quotes. It was just funny banter. The Oscar ceremony organisers all thought so. Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said women just go to university to find suitable marriage partners. It was just a bit of humour. This is just depressing me. That's what I'm saying.
I'm not even going to quote the sexual assault and rape stuff in here. It's too much. Actually, I felt like Hamlet : I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me I suppose we have to try to regard things as they are, and not as we would wish them to be, but Lord knows it's a constant struggle.
The optimist inside us all makes us want to think better of half of the human race than the dreadful picture presented here. Although we need this book, it offers no way forward. View all 46 comments. Shelves: read , non-fiction.
Let me introduce you the three reasons which explain why I'm eagerly recommending everyone to read this. Let's face it, I could have find more reasons, but I guess we have to stop at some point right?
Indeed we can't deny that in , there are still a great part of the population who dismisses the fact that women and men aren't treated equally at every stage of their lives : childhood, teenage, university, adulthood in work places and facing birth. I'm sorry but sexism is everywhere and we can't dismiss this idea as a crazy feminist obsession. This book is organized around a lot of testimonies and they are what gives it strength. Just how many testimonies people need to acknowledge the issues?
I'm not feeling flattered. My skirt isn't an invitation to rape me, thank you very much. It is an act of power and violence. To suggest otherwise is deeply insulting to the vast majority of men, who are perfectly able to control their sexual desires. Girls can love adventure too. There's these concepts everybody should know, consent and respect. We are neither dolls nor baby factories. Stop being fucking blind. Who are they? All the men who cat-called you and yelled "TITS!
And so more. THEY should be ashamed. Not all the men, of course. Not only men, either. There are a lot of carrying and respectful men out there, and there are women who perpetuate gender stereotypes. I'm not denying that. Because we're all responsible, to a certain extent, of the messages we send to girls, teenagers, boys, women and men. I never read articles about famous people "life". I'm not judging those who do, I mean, I have a lot of friends who enjoy them but the fact is, I never saw the point.
I already struggle to remember the names of actors that I like so learning that they broke up with x or g and lose 5 kg? I don't see the point in this. I fucking don't care. Now, when I see what impact these articles can have on women's feeling of self-value? I'm pissed.
Not to mention that these articles don't respect the life of the people they're talking about, they help to spread general misconceptions about what being a woman is.
Here, I must say that it's maybe the same thing with men - I'm not talking about them because I have genuinely no idea about what kind of magazines are out these days, my BF doesn't read them and no, I'm not buying them for pleasure, you know. You want to talk about books? About slut-shaming? General and free access to porn to eleven years old guys?
Yes, Do you think that being respectful is innate? I'm breaking it for you, it's not. And each time we underestimate an abuse - every kind of abuse - we're basically telling them that it's okay, that it's normal. View all 36 comments. This book is undoubtedly the most important book I have read this year, and one that I believe should be read by everyone , whether you call yourself a feminist or not.
This is relevant to absolutely everyone, not just women, and highlights the very real threats that unfortunately a great many people experience in their everyday lives.
Laura Bates collects her own experiences and those of others who have submitted to the EverydaySexism project over the years, and lays them out for us in various This book is undoubtedly the most important book I have read this year, and one that I believe should be read by everyone , whether you call yourself a feminist or not.
Laura Bates collects her own experiences and those of others who have submitted to the EverydaySexism project over the years, and lays them out for us in various sections throughout the book - for example, women in the workplace, women in education, women in public spaces, male experiences, etc.
It's a perfect way to structure the book, and every chapter begins with a variety of horrific but sadly not shocking statistics to support the ensuing content. When I say not shocking, that's the worst part. There are so many things within this book that are absolutely horrific, from verbal assault and casual sexist remarks to abuse and rape, and the fact that so many of these things appear to be ingrained in our society and viewed as normal even by some women as Bates shows is incredibly sad and troubling.
Some of the things that I read, particularly related to the actions of university lecturers really surprised me, particularly in this day and age where I would have assumed that at least in their lecture halls women were safe from prejudice. Apparently not. I could probably go on about this book for a lot longer, but I'll keep this review succinct. It may take a very long time, but the more people who are picking up on these things and tackling them head on, the better.
Everything folded together really well, and although it could drag at times and I sort of wish I had the audiobook, it was still an important read. The only reason I took a star off is because it could sometimes be long-winded and provide so many examples that it started to weigh itself down, but clearly, the subject matter is still so crucial to examine.
Some things are more obvious, like cat calling. I started listening to this as a sort of antidote to the misery that was It by Stephen King which I have since put on hold and I am not sure I will pick back up again, I struggled with the depiction of sexism and racism and homophobia , and while this was certainly not a fun book, it was one that I thoroughly recommend and one that I am so very glad to have read.
Laura Bates talks about sexism here, the small acts and the larger acts and how they together form a society that is not particularly I started listening to this as a sort of antidote to the misery that was It by Stephen King which I have since put on hold and I am not sure I will pick back up again, I struggled with the depiction of sexism and racism and homophobia , and while this was certainly not a fun book, it was one that I thoroughly recommend and one that I am so very glad to have read.
Laura Bates talks about sexism here, the small acts and the larger acts and how they together form a society that is not particularly nice to women or men for that matter. While I think she could have adressed intersectionality a bit better in parts, she did it a lot better than some other feminist works have done. Her chapter devoted to intersectionality was thus my favourite part of the book and something I would have liked to be more at the centre. But still, what an impressive book and man, what a kick in the gut to listen to her rallying cry of a last chapter that is infused with so much optimism — because, for me at least, the world very much feels like a clusterfuck at the moment.
You can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog. View all 4 comments. Regardless of whether you call yourself a feminist, this book should be essential reading for all. This book is extremely relevant to women and men alike and discusses the real issues and threats that many people have to put up with on a daily basis. Laura Bates is masterful here in this book. She talks about her own experiences and we can read about the experiences of others, that over a period if time, have shared their stories with "The everyday sexism project" These experiences are placed in Regardless of whether you call yourself a feminist, this book should be essential reading for all.
She talks about her own experiences and we can read about the experiences of others, that over a period if time, have shared their stories with "The everyday sexism project" These experiences are placed in different sections of the book such as women at work, women in public spaces etc.. The chapters are informative and are written incredibly well. At the very beginning of each chapter are some shocking statistics.
While they support the subject at hand, that doesn't take away how unbelievably horrific they really are. This book covers issues from sexual remarks to rape and abuse. The sickening thing is, some of these things are considered the "norm" in our society today, and as Bates discusses, that alone, is seriously disturbing. A woman shouldn't have to feel anxious about what she wears in the morning on her walk to work, because in reality, she lives in fear because a group of men that are working in the street shout lewd comments about her body shape.
Some people class that as being "okay" and a "bit of fun" What the fuck?! It's sexual abuse, and it is men like that abuse their power to make women feel small. To make us feel like the second sex. To make us feel like we only exist to please men. Equality doesn't even come into it for people that have these beliefs. It doesn't come as a surprise to people when I tell them I am a feminist.
I am a feminist on many levels, and I strive for equality, which even now, in some places, we're still having to fight tooth and nail for. I would recommend this thought provoking book to anyone and everyone. Thank you Laura Bates.
View 1 comment. Update August : changed the rating from 4. This first chapter made me feel so scared and enraged at the same time. If you want the short version: sexism is pretty much everywhere and it's fucking scary.
Why people don't understand the concept of sexism and instead blame the victims for how they were Update August : changed the rating from 4. This is a situation where all I would like to ask is " Are you fucking stupid?
Not only they were offended, assaulted or raped but people didn't even believe them and made them feel like they were at fault.
This is just unbelievable to me. I live in a country where, if you search "Women in politics", the first google result is "Top 10 - Most Beautiful Women in italian politics", followed by "Top Sexiest Women in Italian politics". I think they compared our situation to medieval times or something like that.
You must be very smart, things like that are really hard for girls! Since I was 13ish I experienced cat-calling. I was out with my friends and some random dude from his car would yell something like "Hey sexy! That would happen at least once every single time we were out, someone either yelling or using the car horn to get attention.
I remember being followed by a man on a bike, while I was out with my best friend, shopping. We noticed him and run away. I think we were 13 or maybe younger than that. I went grocery shopping and while I was going back home another car, with at least 4 guys, approached me and they started yelling.
They also cut me off and forced me to take another turn instead of the one I was going for, because it was either that or crashing my car into theirs. After that I slowed down and they passed me, still shouting obscenities at me. This happened in September, The ones who answered were considered cool. If a girl was complaining about that time a guy followed her home or said something sexual to her, the standard answer was "You're not even that pretty".
We didn't have an uniform so during May and June I remember receiving multiple compliments about my boobs, on a daily basis. If I had the nerve to speak up the comments about me being irritable because I was on my period would start. If a female professor was severe she was considered a bitch, but if a male professor was severe he was just severe. This chapter was about women and education.
I'm 21 - 22 in May- and didn't go to Uni after high school, it was my personal choice. So, really, I have no idea of how the situation is.
I'm currenly working and happy with my job, so I'll probably have a lot to say when the chapter of women in the workplace comes. What really "surprised" me was the quote at the end of the chapter. This is relatable on so many levels it's scary. I'm sick of walking home from Uni at 6pm and getting harassed every time; from people shouting things or making fellatio gestures out of their cars because they think they're 'funny' or that I should be 'flattered', or the people in the street who make kissing noises when I walk past, or shout 'slut' or 'get your tits out' at me.
How is that flattering? I'm on the verge of tears every time I get home. I think I already said a lot about being harassed, especially for chapter 3. Every time I get cat-called and respond with a finger wave, the aggressors explode in anger. Feeling insulted? You don't say! See, for many of these topic I have something to say but for other I just don't have any experiences to share.
International visitors from company's head office came for a meeting at which I, the only female in management, had to report. I walked in with my report and they asked for coffee, white with two sugars.
I work as a receptionist, meaning I have to welcome and register guests and stuff like that. I was recently given the new task of managing customer visits, which is a lot of work. In my first year of working in this place the only thing that really pissed off was seeing how my boss cared more about my appearance than my skills at work. I was told in december to wear more make up, which for an ignorant man who thought he had the right to explain something to me, something he knew nothing about , meant a lipstick.
I read half of the chapter and just gave up, sorry. Stop crying and pull yourself together. Can they experience sexism? This chapter tried to answer this question. It was refreshing to see men taking part in the change and "helping" women, and I will say that, in my opinion, men can experience sexism. As an example: many boys are told not to act like girls when they're complaining or crying.
It is obvious than the sexism than women experience is greater in proportions and impact. There should never be any victims who don't matter because this simply isn't about men vs. You can't hide. View 2 comments. I can sum up my reaction to this book in one word: horror. I was already aware of the Everyday Sexism Project and had read some studies on the levels of harassment women have to endure. But even so, I was taken aback by the shear scale of the problem described by Laura Bates in the book, made more hard hitting by the individual accounts of what contributors to the Everyday Sexism website have experienced.
All this would be bad enough, but as Bates makes clear, the problem is compounded by how I can sum up my reaction to this book in one word: horror.
All this would be bad enough, but as Bates makes clear, the problem is compounded by how women are often socialised to accept harassment, in all it's varied forms, as just a natural part of life, which they have to put up with as best they can. Even if they do try and speak up against their treatment they are likely, at best, to get a patronising dismissal of their concerns. At worse they can expect the torrent of rape and murder threats that many feminists in the media have experienced in recent years.
If this book had stopped there, it would still have deserved a five star rating and been an important work in cataloguing how women are still disadvantaged in a modern Western democracy. But it goes on to address the wider concerns of feminism about the representation of women in society, how prejudice affects their careers and other life options, and the epidemic of violence by men they have to face.
Nor does it ignore how other forms of discrimination, such as those based on race or sexuality, combine with sexism into an especially toxic mix. But it's not all doom and gloom.
The final chapter shows how the power of social media can be used to make a real difference, starting to change attitudes, and giving strength and support to those who suffer abuse and violence. In case anyone is worried, rest assured that this book is not a rant by some man hating feminist indeed, Bates points out how men too are affected by sexism and the role they have and can play in confronting it.
Rather it's a well written, thoroughly researched and easily accessible account of why feminism still has much work to do, even in 21st Century Britain. My one concern is not to do with the book directly. When I look on this site at those who have read, or intend to read, it, they seem to be predominantly women.
If that remains the case it will a tragedy, for men need to read it too. All men need to read it. For only then will they come to understand how, in Laura Bates' words "Men and women inhabit two entirely different worlds". And once they understand that they can start make the changes that will one day allow us to live in the same world.
I never know how to react to sexual harassment. It's different every time. I was walking home from middle school and a boy I passed on the sidewalk reached behind him and grabbed my ass. The next day my brother and I yelled obscenities at him from our front porch. Later that same year, a guy in a car pulled up to my best friend and I to ask if we wanted to go to Wendy's with him.
We immediately found a cop, who wrote down every word we said despite our lamentably vague descriptions. A few years I never know how to react to sexual harassment. A few years later I could only express confusion when a prep cook at my first job repeatedly called me "sugar lumps. Recently I just ignored the guy calling out to me "Wooooooo! Sometimes the only thing I can think to do is yell after men who catcall me, even though I know it's ineffective. I started this book at about noon on Friday, and finished it just after nine Saturday morning.
I could have finished it sooner if not for having to feed children and, you know, sleep. It's almost pages, but it's so easy read. It's very well-written and never judgmental. The words are addictive, almost hypnotic, in the worst possible way. I understood and sympathized with so many of these accounts, yet at the same time I was appalled people are treated this way.
I know the truth, yet it's shocking nonetheless. I felt angry, sad, and horrified while reading this. And I recommend it to everyone. View all 37 comments. Aug 11, Neave rated it it was ok.
I am going to be one of the few people who actually gives this book a negative review and say exactly why I feel quite a lot of this doesn't express 'Everyday Sexism' as the title, so untruthfully suggests. My first issue with this book upon reading is that it dramatises every form of sexual assault there is. A chapter called 'Women In Learning' made this dramatisation even more potent for me because of the way reading this actually made me feel.
I feel anxious and daunted by the fact of going I am going to be one of the few people who actually gives this book a negative review and say exactly why I feel quite a lot of this doesn't express 'Everyday Sexism' as the title, so untruthfully suggests. Absolutely nowhere in this book does it outline the fact that these cases are apart of a minority and that the men that commit these horrendous offences are apart of a minority and that not every man you will meet will assault you, objectify you or grope you.
Most men and college professors are absolutely fine and never grope or assault anyone! Male or female. Not just female, as the book would have you believe.
The sheer lack of male cases in any of the chapters appalled me beyond belief. There is absolutely no mention of spousal abuse directed towards men at all but frequent mentions of assault and violence directed at women.
The thing that annoyed me the most about this book is that there is a chapter called 'What About The Men? Bates appears to cover up quite a lot of the subliminal messages within this chapter by saying something too the affect of 'sexism towards men is wrong' obviously a bit more eloquently and in context that just that. Because nothing says support to men facing sexism than being told that your issues are bad, but not as bad as the woman sat next to you on the bus, so it doesn't matter in comparison.
Furthermore, in this chapter, the number of times it is brought back to women is absolutely amazing. I was attempting not to laugh with absolute inner distain all the way through this chapter because everything, no matter what happens is never as bad as what a woman faces. She says that the blatant sexism shown in the Diet Coke advert is used by men as a 'trump card' rather than addressing the advert for what it is- sexist.
Exactly the thing she is writing this book for; she instead dismisses it because 'the objectification of men is much fewer and farther between that those involving women. To dismiss sexism because women's sexism are more important than men's experiences of sexism. Some of the things mentioned, arguably aren't even sexist. One extract was that of a young women on a train who was looked up and down by a man, with no comment or assault mentioned, and this was labeled as sexist.
Women, come on. Who hasn't given a man or woman depending upon orientation the once over? And by this, I don't mean gawking, I mean looking. I don't think that's sexist, I think that's human. Women do it exactly as much as men and most of the time, there's no discrimination behind it at all, they were just looking at you. Would you still class that as sexist if you knew the man was looking was gay? Or if they were a lesbian woman instead?
I don't feel that this, at all, gives an equal footing of what sexism is. The balance of women and of men is unfathomably unbalanced. This book, if anything has made me more weary of feeling like being groped or being assaulted, as if it is an inevitable apart of being a woman. I don't think this should be called 'Everyday Sexism' in all honestly, it should be called 'Women and Sexism'. I would actually recommend this to people, but only under two conditions: -They didn't believe sexism to exist.
Personally I wouldn't call this a piece of feminist literature, because I don't believe this to prove that women are equal to men, I believe it embodies that women's problems should be taken more seriously than men's. Read this in context and make your own conclusions, please. This is all just my view of the book. Before reading this, I'd never heard of the Everyday Sexism Project.
Knowing about it now, I agree that every woman should read this book. It's utterly heartbreaking, angering, but most important, it gives you ample reasons and evidence as to why we as a society need feminism. I'm always happy to read books furthering the feminist agenda, and I loved this one. Despite knowing sexism runs rampant and having experienced it myself, the entries within this book were still a huge eye-opener.
Please read this book. Reading through it was nothing short of a sad and depressing experience, however, the end chapter gave me so much hope for the future. This book felt like reading a gigantic essay, filled to the brim with personal entries and evidence to boot, with an ending chapter summing everything up perfectly. Aug 19, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , non-fiction , Everyone should read this. It's so important and tackles everything from rape culture to victim blaming to catcalling, etc.
I'll definitely try to get some of my family and friends to read this as well. View all 6 comments. More like 4. Oct 15, Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , , audiobooks. Only 5k ratings what a shame! And not feminist. Basically everyone. View all 5 comments. May 24, Iset rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-of-non-fiction. This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Everyday Sexism resonated with me to a degree I had not expected.
Maybe because I was lucky enough to have liberal-minded parents who never placed arbitrary restrictions on my aspirations and ambitions. As a teenager I slowly started becoming more aware when I was treated differently due to my gender, something I struggled to come to grips with and comprehend.
Now as a young adult over the past few years I have had the unpleasant experience of becoming uncomfortably aware that sexism is still alive and kicking, and far more widespread than I ever would have suspected in years gone by. What are you talking about? This is ! Women are equal now. And she addresses it with cold hard facts — in politics, in the media, in the professional world, in universities and schools.
I have to admit that the figures gave me pause. Even I, having experienced this uncomfortable growing awareness of the reality of modern-day sexism, had no idea the figures were this bad. I honestly thought things were much more equal than they are. The fact of the matter is neither I nor anyone else should face discrimination, under any basis.
The book really speaks for itself in raising not only the problem of sexism itself, but also the problem of silencing.
Girls as young as 12 report being sexually assaulted whilst walking home from school in school uniform. Some as young as 8 or 9 report having received demands for sex in the street from adult men. Some underage people report rape. Many reports speak of actual physical violence being done as a result of their refusal.
Make no bones about it: reading that sort of thing can be hard going. I felt utterly appalled and sickened reading some of these reports. Sexism is not extinct. It is shockingly thriving, and the more people who realise just how widespread the problem is and decide that this is not acceptable, the better. However, I want to place one below that really shook me in its profoundly disturbing implications.
This is one of the reports sent in to the project: "I am a secondary science teacher and form tutor in Yorkshire. On a daily basis I am forced to confiscate mobile phones as boys are watching hardcore pornography videos in lessons and I have noticed sadly that as time has gone on the girls in my classes have become more and more reserved and reluctant to draw attention to themselves [ It is getting worse and worse.
I wanted to share this snapshot of my working life with others [ See all free Kindle reading apps. Start reading Everyday Sexism on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? A must-read' Grazia 'As founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura was one of the first women to harness the power of social media to fight sexism and misogyny and give millions of young women a voice' The Women Who Shaped Your Decade, -- Grazia About the Author Laura Bates studied English at Cambridge University and went on to be a freelane journalist.
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Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Newsflash - men make passes at us women. And as men say, it is only harassment if we women do not fancy them. Moreover, this book is a rip-off for you can read about her concerns for free on her website. This is a brilliant book. Harrowing, heartbreaking, moving and inspiring all in one. And very well written and explained. A must-read for everyone - both men and women - as we aim to truly understand the extent of this huge societal problem we face, and what we can do to improve it.
Really eye-opening and emphasises the need for change. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. An eye opener to a world I knew existed but somehow hadn't quite categorised in this way before now. Such an important read for anyone. Some of it painfully accurate. Much of it worrying as the mother of girls and a boy who loves all that is pink and sparkly. Keep up the good fight. I'm in your corner! Fantastic book for an introduction into the sexism that pervades our everyday life whether male or female.
Great talking point on the tube and have now passed it on to friends who are interested in learning more about feminism who have also commented that it's a great way into the subject.
This collection of statistics and anecdotes navigated so expertly by Laura Bates shows a generation that often thinks we have equality that there is still much work to do here in the West as well as internationally.
This is a must read. Along with the entries presented in this book, I have become more aware of what sexism truly is. Despite knowing certain aspects of sexism, there is a much deeper meaning to it that you are so unaware of because of how overlooked and normalised our actions are. This book is a start to understanding how each and everyone of us may unknowingly involve and or contribute to sexism.
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Everydaysexism aim of the site is evwrydaysexism document examples of sexism from everydaysexism the world. Entries may be submitted directly to the site, or by email or tweet. The accounts of abuse are collated by a evdrydaysexism group of volunteers. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature, Bates worked everdyaysexism a nanny and found that the young girls she everydaysexism after were already preoccupied with their body image.
Nearly a year after beginning the website, Bates reflected on the common response she had received. At the time of the foundation of Everyday Sexism website, Bates had "hoped to gather women's stories", but a year after the launch she wrote in The Guardian that it had grown very rapidly "as more and more women began to add their experiences — women of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world", everydaysexism was then "about to spread to everydaysexism countries".
The Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway wrote about Bates and the project in the summer of "I have everydxysexism an everydaysexism change of heart, and dumped almost all my beliefs on what it is everydaysexism be a woman in Britain.
For the first time since the s, I find myself cross on behalf of everydaysexism, and rather inclined to take up cudgels.
What has swayed me are not statistics or arguments but real stories of sexism. So far she has collected more than 60, of them, which sit there online, hard to ignore or dismiss.
The Everyday Sexism Everydaysexism has advised British Transport Police on the training of their officers to respond to complaints of unwanted sexual behaviour as part of Project Guardianan initiative to increase reporting of sexual offences on public transport in London. Bates told Brogan Driscoll eveerydaysexism The Huffington Post in April "The entries have been used to work on policy with ministers and members of parliament in multiple countries, to start conversations about consent in schools and universities, to tackle sexual harassment in businesses and workplaces and to help police forces raise the reporting and detection rates on sexual offences.
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The Everyday Sexism Project is a website founded on 16 April by Laura Bates, a British feminist writer. The aim of the site is to document examples of. Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. She writes for the Guardian women's blog each week about women's experiences of sexism.
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