Sexism against women is more personal than “sexism against men.”
A study by Swim et al had male and female students keep a diary of sexist encounters. They found that women experienced more every day prejudices and instances of discrimination, about one to two instances per week, “consisting of traditional gender role stereotypes and prejudice, demeaning and degrading comments and behaviors, and sexual objectification.” As a result, these incidents “affected women’s psychological well being by decreasing their comfort, increasing their feelings of anger and depression, and decreasing their state self-esteem.”
Men, on the other hand, experienced fewer sexist incidents. The sexist incidents that they did experience, moreover, were more general and less personal (“All men are pigs,” vs. “You were asking for it because of the way you dressed.”).
Negative attitudes against the male gender, therefore, are usually not directed towards individual men, but rather “men” in the sense of resenting a general culture of masculinity. In contrast, sexism against women is tangible and personal, and results in measurable psychological damage to the women who experience it.
^ This is important and why I don’t take instances of interpersonal “sexism” against men that seriously.
Reblogging because I love it when studies back up what we’ve been saying for years: prejudice against men isn’t as bad as it is for women. Period.
(Source: , via kittenspit)