Masculinity is a complex phenomenon who, over the centuries, has found different ways of expressing themselves. This means that in different cultures it translates into different attitudes and actions. However, there is another aspect that adds complexity to the matter: masculinity is not expressed only in men.
And it is that the fruit of the millennial inequality and discrimination that women have suffered has also been reflected in the kind of values, ideas and attitudes that many of them, like the rest of society, have adopted.
Sexist women are a reality, Even if their ideas on gender roles put them in the spotlight. This article is dedicated to exploring some of the basic actions and ideas through which this sexism manifests itself.
Why are there sexist women?
It must be borne in mind that masculinity, being the product of a collective and not an individual phenomenon, cannot be analyzed as it does, for example, with the experience of pain. Most people avoid painful situations, but masculinity shouldn’t have any immediate negative consequences for women who breed it.
So being a woman is quite compatible with being sexist, at least in practice, even if it hurts her in the long run. But this does not mean, of course, that these should be criminalized; after all, their actions harm them, feeding on the rigidity of gender roles in which the female gender has the worst reserved.
Awareness and improvement of material livelihood situations of these people should be the goal, but for this it is necessary know how to detect internalized misogyny which occurs in people of both sexes.
Sexist attitudes that appear in some women
Here are some patterns of behavior that occur relatively frequently among sexist women. All of them also appear, with a few variations, in sexist men, but there are a few nuances that are worth considering in the first case, as in this one the internalized misogyny is usually more subtle.
1. Criticize others by judging their sex life
Women with internalized misogyny may come to judge others very harshly for no reason, simply because they do not feel they are adjusting to their gender roles well. I one of the most entrenched gender roles it is that of the person oriented towards the private and family sphere, in which all the sexual and reproductive potential must be exclusive of a single man.
As long as we are through the decade of the so-called sexual liberation, so much the idea that women should preserve their virginity until marriage continues to mark the spirits of many people.
2. They judge negatively the women who get promotions
As we have seen, the traditional role of women was confined to the domestic sphere. Therefore, in the case of women, the possibility of a career is considered a pre-marriage phase and, therefore, in which it does not make sense to invest a lot of effort and time.
This is why women who promote and advance in their careers they are viewed with suspicion for those with internalized misogyny, including sexist women.
3. They assume motherhood is fate
According to traditional norms, reproduction is the raison d’être of women. Moreover, it is not a question of just any type of reproduction, but of a reproduction which goes hand in hand with the model of the nuclear family: husband, wife and children. It is common for all of the mental complexity of the female gender to be reduced to childcare tasks. emphasizing the role of genes or “feminine essence” above learning or the freedom to choose other forms of life.
So these people use their position as women to speak with authority to point out what is feminine and what is not, causing a kind of competition to be put in place to find a husband and have children before crossing a certain threshold. of age, and to afford. the luxury of criticizing those who do not follow these rules of the game.
4. They pay dearly for the departure of young people
From a sexist perspective, the aesthetic speaks a lot about the value of women (as the reproductive elements that they are meant to be), these women over a certain age are ridiculed and belittled for it. is a type of discrimination that indicates who you are, not what you do, Like racism.
5. Strictly monitor compliance with the canons of beauty
For the same reason we saw in the previous section, the sexist woman takes a close look at possible aesthetic imperfections that occur in others, and reports them publicly. The result is an increase in social pressure that directs the female sex towards an obsession with beauty in its smallest details.