Sexism : Women Are Weak, Less Intelligent, And Less Important Than Men

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Sexism is “the belief that women are weaker, less intelligent, and less important than men” (Longman, 1995).Sexism is defined “as a negative attitude or discriminatory behavior based on the presumed inferiority or difference of women as a group” (Cameron, 2001).Cornell (as cited in Trujillo, 1991, p. 290) defines hegemonic masculinity as “the culturally idealized form of masculine character” which underlines “the connecting of masculinity to toughness and competitiveness” and “the subordination of women.” Cornell claims that “such an idealized form of masculinity becomes hegemonic when it is widely accepted in a culture and when that acceptance reinforces the dominant gender ideology of the culture” (pp. 290-291).
AsTrujillo (1991, pp. 291-292) put it, hegemonic masculine characteristics include “power defined in terms of physical force and control,” success defined in terms of occupational achievement in traditional male jobs, familial patriarchy, presenting a “frontier” image, and heightened heterosexuality. Distinctive characteristics of masculinity are strength, independence, decisiveness, while the remarked characteristics of women are weak, dependence, sensitive in negative terms and compassionate, supportive, and relationship oriented in positive terms.
It is often not noticed due to people’s internalization toward the issue which results in recognition of sexism as natural and acceptable phenomenon. The stated invisibility or in other terms, the traditional concepts…
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