We live in a society where gender equality is gradually being established. The woman has grown from a helpless, ignorant, laughing and helpless figure who needs to be nurtured and protected while looking after the children and nurturing the household to establish herself as an equal figure and with the same rights and possibilities that man.
However, while our society has come a long way in favor of this equality, the cuts can still be seen in a way of thinking in which women are seen as inferior or their performance is limited to cosmetic or sexualized performance. This is visible in areas such as employment or academia, or in the world of advertising.
Throughout this article, we present to you 25 sexist questions that can testify to the persistence of roles and traditionally given position female.
Twenty sexist questions
If today it is more difficult to find extremist positions which defend the supremacy of men over women in our society, in our everyday life, some of the traditional prejudices and gender stereotypes are still visible in different issues. .
Sometimes the sexism itself is evident, while in others it can be more disguised and even unconscious.. Some questions may only be sexist in certain contexts. The following questions are an example.
1. Are you in these days of the month?
Women have traditionally been viewed as emotional, labile, and with a humor that can be explosive, especially during menstruation. When a woman is angry or upset, many people assume it is due to menstruation and not other factors.
2. Have you considered giving up your career to focus on your family?
This question is common in job interviews with women. Likewise, working for women is supposed to be a temporary hobby.
3. Have you ever slept with someone to find your place?
When a woman manages to climb in social position and in the workplace, many times his abilities, skills and the effort he may have put in are ignored and the credit for the ascent goes to the use of sex as an easy resource.
4. Wouldn’t you feel guilty about leaving your baby in the hands of a stranger while you are working?
One way to blame the woman for having a professional life and in turn to prolong the gender stereotype of the woman as caregiver of the household and the children.
5. Can you save your husband?
Although it does not happen that often today, it is common that when presenting technical details or when reporting on economic aspects or contracting out services such as light or gas, the The man is identified as responsible for the accusation, ignoring the woman.
6. Will the lady want to come too?
When spirits are ordered, it is usually assumed that they were ordered by the man and served to him, and later to the woman in case he wishes.
7. How do you stay so young at your age?
Physical attractiveness is an element attributed to the female sex. It is often appreciated that mature women maintain a youthful, wrinkle-free appearance, and failing to do so, they are often seen as less attractive and interesting, let alone valued socially. This does not happen to the same extent with men, who can be seen as even more attractive.
8. Would you be willing to come with a miniskirt to work?
In many types of businesses, employees are required to dress in a way that alludes to their attributes., Using them as a decoy to attract males.
9. Do you have children or are you planning to have them?
A common question during job interviews and which can often lead to discrimination and the exclusion of the candidate. This is usually because the company assumes that the woman has the opportunity to focus on her family nucleus and neglect her job, as well as take maternity leave.
10. Is this how a young woman / lady behaves?
In some regions and cultures that a woman exhibits character, competitiveness, spontaneity, intelligence, sensuality or simply differs from what is established by the man is considered non-feminine and unworthy of she.
11. A woman driving? I better take another cab
It is common to hear phrases or sayings such as “woman driving, constant danger”. A section of the population once believed that women did not have good driving skills, a belief that has been perpetuated in the form of a stereotype.
12. How does it feel to be a partner of …?
Many women of great fame and self-importance who have mated or are parents of well-known men have often seen them portrayed as the “partner of” or “parent of,” ignoring their contributions.
13. Does your husband help you with household chores?
This question is sexist in the sense that it is assumed that housework is a woman’s business. and the man at most helps him with them, instead of considering that the house belongs to both of them and that the tasks should therefore be shared equally. It’s not about helping them both, but about helping them both work together.
14. Don’t you want to have kids? Don’t you worry about feeling empty?
The main role attributed to women is that of mother. Women who choose not to have children often find that their environment considers that they will not feel fulfilled if they do not fulfill this role.
15. How do you feel about going out alone at these times?
The image of the woman as a fragile and vulnerable creature still survives in comments like this, which in some cases even prevents them from going out until late at night unless accompanied by a man.
16. How do you feel about the fact that your boss is female?
Another effect of masculinity is the relatively low presence of women in the upper echelons.. In general, higher positions in the corporate hierarchy have been held by men, and some workers with outdated ways of thinking may find this odd or even refuse to work under a woman.
17. Will you adopt your husband’s last name?
Even if today it is a tradition in decline and does not apply in our territory, in some countries such as the United States, the tradition of adopting the man’s surname is still preserved after marriage, ignoring the original one.
18. Would you flirt with customers to make them stay longer?
Seducing customers is something that is often asked of women who exercise in front of the public to buy or consume more.
19. How do you balance your personal and professional life?
This sentence is not to be sexist or sexist. However, it can be observed that it tends to be used a lot more if the interviewee is female.
20. Is owning a home as rewarding as having a paid job?
Belonging to the survey by the Center for Public Studies in the same year, the question assumes that the main role of women is that of housewife.
21. Don’t you think you are eating too much? You will get fat
While something similar is currently happening with men, traditionally women have received the most pressure to maintain an image that responds to stereotypes of beauty. This causes the onset and spread of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
22. Why do you dress like this if you don’t want to be watched?
A typical question still today. She is typical situations in which an unwanted sexual approach of the woman in question occurs or even in cases of rape. The victim of the situation is criticized for considering that his clothing or his behavior is an act of provocation. which makes her worthy of sexual harassment.
23. Doesn’t your husband care that you earn more than he does?
The pay gap remains one of the areas in which more gender differences are detected. Additionally, there is a tendency that when a man earns less than his wife is misunderstood, he is seen as incapable or even maintained. On the other hand, whether it is the woman who earns less or who has no paid activity is not so frowned upon.
24. Will you be working after the baby is born?
Pregnant women may have been asked about this aspect. One wonders if the birth of a child will push him to abandon his work completely to devote himself exclusively to it.
25. And what will a woman know about this?
This question reflects the belief that women do not have the capacity to think through or find a solution on a particular topic because they are.