What happens when someone grabs their video recorder and hits an American town to ask random people the definition of the word “sexism“? More than half of the people asked cannot define what it means and one in three say women deserve to be treated differently because of their gender. The lack of understanding about sexism and the inability to recognize it does not surprise me at all.Personally, I don’t think equal rights activists and feminists have done the best job defining and pointing out sexism throughout history. But, in general, I don’t think average Americans really care about sexism. I just don’t think, deep down, that treating each other respectfully is a priority for many of us. It certainly doesn’t help, either, that some people who are otherwise conscious of sexism think sexist treatment is nevertheless OK against women we don’t like, whether it’s Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton, Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus. Furthermore, it’s definitely detrimental that women like Sarah Palin, who have enacted laws which made life harder for women, are co-opting words like “feminism” and twisting their already-muddled definitions around to mean something they ain’t.
Granted, this video of an activist, from a group called The New Agenda, running around with a magnifying glass is campy. Still, it looks like we could all use a little “sexism ed,” in my opinion.