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Sexism The Websters Dictionary defines the term sexism as Discrimination by members of one sex against the other especially by men against women based on the assumption that on sex is superior This definition implies that people can discriminate against one another by saying or doing something that is not fair to the opposite sex Most of us agree that sexism is a form of discrimination and we should not have such negative trait in our society We also believe that everyone should have the same equal rights whether male or female Thus people should not be discriminated against because of their sexes By understanding clearly the meaning of sexism we can help to avoid wrongly accusing other people of being sexist There are several examples of how manners as compared to sexism have caused some people to misconceive or misinterpret the term sexism First when a man opens the door for woman people sometime call him sexist The misconception of this everyday gesture causes people to believe that the man views the woman as weak and not strong enough to open the door for herself However this is not true Opening the door for a woman is a gesture of being nice and well mannered A similar example of misinterpreted sexism may occur on the bus when a man offers his seat to a woman This does not mean that he is being sexist but rather he is just being a gentleman Second when a man helps the woman to carry a heavy thing people might interpret this to be that the man thinks the woman is useless and they may feel that he is being sexist Actually he is just being polite Third when a man tells a woman that her dress is pretty people may label the man as being sexist thinking that he sees the woman as a sex object Actually he really intends to compliment her
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