Sexism: prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.
Two friends – a guy and a girl – were catching up over coffee, talking about their lives, families and marriage plans. However, the conversation turned out towards sexism and equality. Read the conversation:
She : Oh! my parents. They want me to get married.
Me : Ya… this happens in India with every girl who turns 25
She : Why girls? You are of my age. Are your parents forcing you for marriage?
Me : No. Not yet. I think they will in a couple of years
She: Exactly. I too want to get married after a couple of years. I have some career plans, want to travel like you and do lot of things before I get married.
Me : That’s nice. Try convincing your parents once.
She : I can’t understand my parents! They are so orthodox. I mean..we all talk about gender equality..and this is how our previous generation thinks! Kuch nahi ho sakta is desh ka (Nothing good can happen in this country). You boys have all the privilege. I hate this system.
Me : Hmm… anyway did you like the last guy you met?
She : No.
Me : Why?
She : (Chuckles) Utna to main kamaati hoon. (I earn almost equal). The guy I will marry should earn more than me and should be more intelligent. In the end, these are basic requirements.
Me : Oh… I thought we were talking about equality!
Clearly, sexism doesn’t affect just women.