The sexism of 'sexism'

Current definitions of 'sexism' are an offensive reminder of the way culture sees men.

To connoisseurs of feminist absurdity, the Oxford Dictionary's definition of sexism is a gem. Any oversimplified claim that something is "typical" is a stereotype. So if sexism is stereotyping men and women, then claiming that sexism is "typically against women" is sexist.

The Oxford Dictionary's definition of sexism is---by its own definition---sexist.

It's not alone. Look at how three major dictionaries define and illustrate sexism:

Cambridge Dictionary:

sexism (noun) (actions based on) the belief that the members of one sex are less intelligent, able, skilful, etc. than the members of the other sex, especially that women are less able than men: The university has been accused of sexism because it has so few women professors.

American heritage dictionary of the English language:

sex·ism n.(1) Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women. (2) The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.


sexism noun sex·ism \ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm\ : (1) prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women (2) behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

And, in even in their definition of stereotype, the Oxford Dictionary's illustration is sexist:

a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing: the stereotype of the woman as the carer

This isn't coincidental: feminists deploy a wide range of strategies to manufacture and sustain the illusion that women are the disproportionate victims of sexism. For example: feminist ideologue Laura Bates peddles a website that collects women's anecdotes of trivial offences and slights:

If you have experienced sexism, just everyday, small, so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism, please share your story

Reports of any sexism towards men are excluded, and reports of trivial sexism perceived by women are aggregated to manufacture the illusion of meaningful sexism towards women. The result, in a society in which 90% of the homeless are men, and 90% of the homeless shelters are reserved for women, is a tawdry confection of unwanted compliments and unacceptable supermarket clothing selections. "It seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality and women’s rights in a modern society that perceives itself to have achieved gender equality", complains Bates. Well, quite.

In fact, sexism towards men in our society is harmful and widespread, spanning a broad range of legal, social, and economic issues; from infanthood through school, college, work, and retirement; in healthcare, life expectancy, occupational injury and disease, divorce, family law, and criminal law; and as victims of suicide, violent crime, and state violence. Yet our culture defines sexism as a phenomenon that "typically" women experience.

That most people accept the Oxford Dictionary's casual feminist sexism without thought is another clue that we are immersed in a gynocentric society that fixates exclusively on the trivial grievances of women. Or, as Bates would say, "so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism."

Anyway, let's fix that Oxford dictionary definition:

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