The Black Woman and Sexism in 2017
Today the world recognizes International Women’s Day, and, as a feminist, and a strong black woman, I, too, salute the other strong women who wake up every morning and take on the ongoing task of being a woman in a patriarchal world.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, I had quite an unpleasant experience, and while I will not divulge the details of that experience, what I will say is that it reminded me, lest I had forgotten, that sexism is alive and well, and that misogynists are everywhere; in our work places, our schools, on the street, and sometimes, even in our own homes.
Sadly, I saw myself being treated poorly in that situation while a male counterpart in the same situation was treated with much more courtesy and respect, and it made me angry, and sad, at the same time.
I was angry that there are still men out there who believe that women are less than, and that we deserve to be treated as such. I was sad that, even in 2017, educated men, and in this case, an educated BLACK man, could so mistreat a woman simply because she is a woman. What disturbed me most of all was that in 2017, after all the Women’s marches and the condemnation of politicians in high offices who practice sexism, there are STILL men out there who believe that women are objects that should be controlled, either through seduction, manipulation, or intimidation.
And, like many other strong women before me, I took a stand, because I don’t, and shouldn’t, have to accept that.
On this International Women’s Day, I urge you Queens out there to stay strong, and know that if you have ever been mistreated because of your gender, you are not alone.
By: Danielle Dixon
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