Women Who Are Sexist Against Women
Some women wore shirts bellowing, “Trump can grab my pussy!”
People often confuse patriarchy with men. But they aren’t the same thing.
Plenty of men fight against patriarchy/sexism. And plenty of women are sexist.
Why are women sometimes sexist?
Accepting the patriarchal bargain
Some women accept the patriarchal bargain: If I promote patriarchy I get a reward.
Maybe a husband approves of a wife who accepts patriarchy.
Or maybe there’s money and status to be gained.
Camille Paglia, Christina Hoff Sommers and Mona Charen are a few women who have gained both money and fame by complaining about feminism. But also misrepresenting it as man-hating.
Kellyanne Conway gains fame, money and power by standing with men who try to eliminate insurance coverage for maternity care and mammograms.
The “Aunts” of The Handmaid’s Tale gained at least some semblance of power in a world devoid of female empowerment by brainwashing handmaids into believing they are worthless. Wives of Commanders, on the other hand, got fame and fortune for berating feminism before the revolution disempowered them, too.
It’s easier when you’re used to being secondary
Disempowerment of women by women comes more easily when you are used to being secondary.
When you live in a world that shames women for having sex but celebrates men, and that shames women for being sexually assaulted, you get used to being humiliated and blamed.
Not to mention a world that body-shames women, leaving 80% of young women with poor body image.
Or learning a language that makes women secondary. It’s usually males first: men and women, boys and girls, brothers and sisters… Women are part of man and mankind…
I could go on…
Growing up in a world that is marked by patriarchy makes it seem natural and normal.
Yet it’s deeply harming.