101 Things Feminists Say Are Sexist
From pizza boxes to the alphabet, the Western world is apparently rife with sexism. Thankfully, we have perpetually offended third-wave feminists around to call out our incessant woman-hating at a screeching decibel.
So, as we fight for equality on behalf of the oppressed female, here’s a list of 101 things we must avoid at all costs.
1. Domino’s pizza boxes
This is a sincere tweet from feminist Twitter:
A campaign slogan written on a Domino’s pizza box, which conveyed their refusal to adhere to requested toppings changes on their artisan pizzas as a good thing, is sexist, as it perpetuates “rape culture.”
The University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW) offers “a post-doctorate in ‘feminist biology’ because biological science is rife with sexism and must be changed to reflect feminist thinking,” reports Campus Reform.
3. Voting for Donald Trump
If you voted for Trump in the primary, it was clearly a sexist reactionary vote to the tsunami of Girl Power taking over America, according to Salon. Obviously, this “logic” extends to your vote in the general.
Sexist fireworks are nothing more than a symptom of toxic masculinity:
“Isn't it sort of messed up that we celebrate our freedom by pretending to blow things up? Like a strange, collective working out of trauma,” explains NPR reporter Sarah McCammon.
5. Lab Rats
Barbra Streisand explains: "Gender inequality even extends to mice in the labs. They’re all male! …So even female mice are discriminated against! When I asked why, the answer I got was that female mice have hormones so they’re more complex. Well, so are women!"
6. Craft beer
According to Slate, names of craft beer are offensive, such as “Raging Bitch” and “Pearl Necklace”:
“There are gross puns and derogatory illustrations on far too many beer labels. The misogyny needs to stop.”
7. Calling a “pantsuit” a “pantsuit"
As the New York Post points out, feminists find the word “pantsuit” sexist: Although pantsuits and traditional men’s suits are stylistically different, it’s sexist to differentiate between them with the added word “pant.”
Bras are sexist because men don’t have to wear them.
As one progressive art professor explained: “architectural design has been dominated by men in order to promote a social/political order dominated by men.”
10. Complimenting a woman on her cooking
According to Scientific American, complimenting a woman on her cooking reinforces gender stereotypes, and is a form of “benevolent sexism.”
11. Air conditioning
Women are cold while men bask in the office air conditioning. The Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani explains:
My two female colleagues are sitting opposite me wearing their jackets, and there’s a stack of emergency desk jumpers in case things get worse.
The men around us are all pretty much jacket-free. In fact, most of them have their shirt sleeves rolled up and religiously maintain that the temperature is ‘fine’.
Welcome to office life, where women battle daily with the air conditioning, and men have no idea there’s even a problem. They toil in their dream temperatures, while women are left to shiver. Or in my case, wrap themselves in a weird grey poncho/blanket/scarf.
12. The word “too”
In a piece titled "The 3-Letter Word That Cuts Women Down Every Day,” Huffington Post’s Cameron Schaeffer explains that use of the adverb “too” promotes the pretense that women are never good enough; they are either “too” this or “too” that.
Posting in America's favorite feminist site we swore was satirical, Everyday Feminism, male feminist Jamie Utt explains that his incessant playful tickling of his girlfriend is actually rooted in inherent sexism, which was fostered by the patriarchy.
Essentially, Jamie tickling his girlfriend is perpetuating rape culture: “Taken to its destructive ends, this can look like a million different violations of consent,” warns Utt.
14. Ski slopes
“A recently-published academic report in The International Review for the Sociology of Sports concluded ski slopes are sexist because they are ‘masculinized spaces,’” reports the Daily Wire’s Pardes Seleh.
15. The alphabet
The written language established “the patriarchy” and subsequently all of the world’s sexism, claim feminists.
16. Disliking pumpkin-spice lattes
Katherine Timpf at National Review reports: “According to a Swarthmore College student’s op-ed, the real reason that people make fun of pumpkin-spice lattes is that our society thinks everything girls like is stupid because ‘girls don’t get to have valid emotions.’”
17. Preferring a woman shaves her legs
Everyday Feminism explains that online dating sites like OKCupid help us “weed out misogynists” by asking questions like, “Do you think women have the obligation to keep their legs shaved?”
If a man answers yes, he’s a sexist.
There are no menstruation-themed emojis so… sexism.
19. Wearing camouflage
Wearing camouflage is “anti-feminist:” Camouflage is representative of “the patriarchy,” so, by wearing such symbolic clothing, you are supporting female (and other “marginalized” groups’) oppression.
20. The phrase “hit on”
This phase is apparently literal to feminists, and thus is considered “violent” sexist language that perpetuates “rape culture.”
21. Saying “I love women”
Bustle explains that when a man says, “I love women,” he’s actually implying that he loves women “more” than men, which “implies that [women] are different, which others them and excludes those who act more ‘like men.’”
22. The Declaration of Independence
Feminists view the Declaration of Independence as “an historical cause of sexism, as the document refers only to ‘all men’ — not ‘men and women,’” reports The Daily Caller.
23. Calling your daughter a “princess”
Fathers calling their daughter “princess,” or treating them “special” is any way, is a form of “benevolent sexism.”
24. The nuclear family
Leftist Professor Dana Cloud says that sexism is perpetuated through the traditional family structure, which is itself “oppressive” to women.
25. Asking a woman about her tattoos
A man asking a woman about her tattoos, explains Everyday Feminism, is the equivalent of turning her “body into public property.”
One such question given as an example: “How much did it cost?”
According to feminist professor Sandra Steingraber, fracking is sexist: Fracking “is a feminist issue because [the chemicals used and released in the fracking process] are largely reproductive toxins.”
“Are we using women and their infants as nonconsenting subjects in an uncontrolled human experiment?” she asks.
27. Ads for salad
It’s super sexist that ads for salad often feature smiling women eating salad, which fulfills the “cultural stereotype” that women eat salads. This is apparently “what society thinks women should do,” one researcher told Time.
Worse even, men and women then subsequently associated healthy food choices, like salad, as more “feminine” than, say, a cheeseburger.
28. “Ladies’ night”
As reported by Campus Reform, UNC seniors find “ladies’ night” at bars sexist, as the promotional stunt is “demeaning to female bargoers.”
“Academics at the University of Oregon have determined that glaciers and the science that studies them are deeply sexist,” reports The Daily Caller.
“Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” reads the abstract of an academic paper on the matter.
30. Long lines outside public women’s restrooms
“Long lines for women's restrooms are the result of a history that favors men’s bodies,” proclaims Soraya Chemaly, in a TIME piece.
“[W]omen are still forced to stand in lines at malls, schools, stadiums, concerts, fair grounds, theme parks, and other crowded public spaces,” she explains. “This is frustrating, uncomfortable, and, in some circumstances, humiliating. It’s also a form of discrimination, as it disproportionately affects women.”
31. Men grilling food
When men grill food, they are only reaffirming “gender roles.” A self-loathing male feminist at Slate explains:
“I hate how much I love to grill. It’s not that I’m inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I’m uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. Looming over the coals, tongs in hand, I feel estranged from myself, recast in the role of suburban dad. At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era.”
32. The animated film “Minions”
The animated film was full of “gags,” adhering “to only the most rigid and nauseating gender tropes,” complains a feminist blogger.
Plus, minions conveniently “only ever serve men.”
Was there not a woman evil enough for these sexist, animated creatures to follow, asks the blogger: “I guess we can assume that this means that in this universe not a single woman in the hundreds of millions of years minions have been around was sufficiently evil to be followed.”
33. String cheese
According to an unidentified feminist, string cheese is sexist. The full-fat packages feature an animated male string cheese character, whereas the reduced-fat packages feature an animated female string cheese character:
This is equal parts ridiculous and infuriating: the 3 types of full fat cheese each have a different “boy” string cheese cartoon character, but the low fat cheese character has been drawn as a girl. Wouldn’t have noticed it at all except my 5yo daughter excitedly pointed it out and asked if we could get the “girl cheese.” So the intended audience is definitely getting the message.
34. “House of Cards”
This sexist Netflix hit “thinks all female political reporters mean sluts,” claims Slate’s Alyssa Rosenberg.
35. The spreading of HIV
“HIV is not transmitted by sex,” says feminist actress Charlize Theron. “It is transmitted by sexism, racism.”
36. Words with “man” in them
According to the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program website at the University of Pittsburg, words like “mankind,” “freshman” and “chairman” are sexist.
Campus Reform reports: “'Terms to Use to Avoid Sexist Language’ are also included in an attempt to steer students away from using words like ‘mankind,’ ‘chairman,’ and ‘freshman.’ Instead, they ought to be replaced with gender-neutral options such as ‘humankind,’ ‘chair or chairperson,’ and ‘first year student.’”
37. Speech improvement apps
Speech improvement apps like “Ummo,” which tracks non-filler words, such as “like” and “uh,” are sexist because they are “policing women’s language,” according to Slate.
38. The term “office mom”
It’s “sexist as hell” to affectionately call someone an “office mom,” according to feminists, because, “why is there never an ‘office dad?’”
39. Shoe compliments
Shoe compliments are apparently “sexist micro-aggressions.”
UNC faculty members were advised against paying a woman a shoe compliment, since this is coded language for: “I notice how you look and dress more than I value your intellectual contributions.”
40. Harvard University
Sexist Harvard has gender-specific clubs, complains Salon. Even if there are all female clubs and activities—men aren’t allowed that, too!
41. “Boyfriend” jeans
“Boyfriend” style jeans are sexist for a whole lot of reasons, apparently. The Week’s Elissa Strauss explains:
Here's what's so off about the boyfriendization of women's clothing: It implies that a woman should only wear baggy clothes after she has secured a mate. Before that we really should be showcasing one's body in more fitted apparel. This frames getting dressed as something that is done primarily for the male gaze, when most women know that, more often than not, we dress for ourselves and others. They also suggest that a woman should be straight, smaller than men, and young — older women tend to have husbands, wives, and partners.
42. The color pink
Since there is an undeniable knee-jerk association of the color pink with women and femininity (which in it of itself is sexist, according to feminists), when men refrain from wearing the color, they are actually saying that it’s “shameful to be a woman,” Bustle explains.
43. Hating the feminist “Ghostbusters” reboot
According to a feminist at The Atlantic, the “outcry” over how crappy the new feminist “Ghostbusters” trailer was fueled by your sexism…it had nothing to do with how crappy the trailer is.
Spooning is apparently so sexist that Slate felt it necessary to write an entire “manifesto” against it. According to J. Bryan Lowder, the heart of spooning reveals a sexist power struggle, and reaffirms gender stereotypes: The “big spoon” is dominant and male, whereas the “little spoon” is submissive and female.
Women should be able to “free bleed” without the use of sexist tampons, which are only used by women because men “period shame” them.
Feminists have even run marathons while “free bleeding” in protest of good hygiene apparently mandated by “the patriarchy.”
46. Asking a woman to marry you
The sexist dominant/submissive power dynamic behind a man asking a woman to marry him acts to reinforce “rape culture,” feminists argue.
47. The classic song “Baby, it’s Cold Outside”
The song about a man trying to romance a woman is another one of those classic perpetuating “rape culture” cases.
48. “Harry Potter”
The fictional “Happy Potter” books and films are sexist, as they “perpetuate rape culture” by using magical love potions on fictional characters without “consent.”
49. “Indiana Jones”
There are “copious quantities of racism and sexism” in the “Indiana Jones” films, says Salon’s Matthew Rozsa. For instance, women in the films are often depicted as “materialistic, self-absorbed and shrill.”
50. Asking a woman to smile
Even if a man is playfully flirting with a woman, asking her to smile, or “show her beautiful smile,” is a form of “street harassment,” according to Salon.
51. Calling a woman “sweetheart”
Feminist actresses Lena Dunham and Emma Stone say that calling a woman “sweetheart” (also “honey,” “baby,” or “babe”) is demeaning to women, and can be “just as damaging as any other name-calling” like “bitch.”
52. Telling a woman, “you look tired”
Per National Review:
“Chances are if a woman has a totally bare face, she’ll be told by both male and female colleagues that she looks exhausted, hungover or ill . . . people are so used to seeing made-up women at work that an au naturale face seems anything but natural,” Radhika Sanghani writes in a piece oh-so-aptly titled “It’s sexist to tell a woman she ‘looks tired’ at work — and here’s why.”
53. Comic books and graphic novels
Female characters in comic books and graphic novels are portrayed with “a blatant sexualization that artists would not dare to submit their treasured male characters to,” complains an opinion piece in The Guardian.
54. Putting your arm around your girlfriend
When a man puts his arm around his girlfriend, he is expressing “ownership” over her, says feminist actress Helen Mirren: “It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung around their girlfriend’s shoulders,” she said. “It’s like ownership.”
Femvertising—advertising geared toward women—is sexist, but not in the way you might think: Confusingly, feminists find femvertising empowering and pro-feminist while simultaneously condemning it as exploitative of women and girls to turn a profit.
56. “Mine shaft”
According to college feminists, the “phallic” words “mine shaft” contribute to “rape culture,” reports Heat Street.
57. Slow motion
Showing women in videos in slow motion invokes misogynistic “Baywatch” imagery and acts to objectify women. This was recently categorized as sexist after feminists freaked out over a promotional soccer video which featured female fans cheering in slow motion.
58. Complaining about political correctness
If someone complains that something is politically incorrect, they are really just a misogynist using such language as a cover to say/do sexist things, says Everyday Feminism. Also, they are likely a racist.
59. Interrupting a woman
This is apparently not just rude behavior, but sexist, since it’s really a symptom of the patriarchy teaching men that women deserve to be interrupted, as they are not your equal but your inferior.
60. A man saying he’s a “nice guy”
According to Everyday Feminism, if a man “prides” himself “on being a nice guy,” he’s actually a sexist:
“Nice Guy Syndrome” is an entitlement complex stemming from the belief that men are entitled to special treatment — particularly from women — in exchange for basic human decency. And they’re usually not nice at all.
61. The derogatory phrase “go f*ck yourself”
To feminists, “go f*ck yourself” is not just a nasty, derogatory phrase used by both sexes, it’s sexist against women because it reinforces “rape culture.”
62. Mentioning a woman’s role as a loving mother or wife before her career accomplishments in her obituary
Mentioning a woman’s role as a loving mother or wife before her career accomplishments in her obituary is sexist, as it acts to underscore gender stereotypes.
(Screw the hubby and children—mom was a career woman!)
63. The song “Blurred Lines”
The Robin Thicke song, Blurred Lines perpetuates “rape culture” with its lyrics “you know you want it” directed at a woman, says Everyday Feminism. The title itself is also a promotion for men to go out and rape women…
64. The word “cupcake”
The word “cupcake” enforces the gender stereotypes that women and girls are weak, frail and need protection.
According to internet feminists, witchcraft is sexist because it’s woman-centric. Reporter Katherine Timpf explains the hysteric complaints of such feminists:
“Sometimes men go to witchcraft events to pick up women the same way they go to yoga class to pick up women. A few men in the community — yes, she herself acknowledges that it’s only a few of them — have dared to say that the fact that witchcraft focuses on women makes them feel left out.”
There are far too many white men casted as leads and working behind the camera, notes Salon.
“Hollywood’s diversity crisis is even worse than we thought: Straight white men still rule, on screen and off,” reads the publication’s headline.
67. The phrase “I will force myself”
Apparently, saying that you will “force” yourself to do something is coded language for it’s-okay-to-rape-women. This “violent” language perpetuates “rape culture,” feminists say.
68. The sitcom “Family Matters”
According to feminists, the featured relationship of a man pining for a woman—seen though the characters of Steve Urkle and Laura Winslow—teaches men how to “objectify” women while perpetuating “rape culture.”
“Professionalism” in the workplace is “oppressive” toward women, as it reinforces “social hierarchies that value white maleness above all,” feminists say.
70. The word “ladies”
The word “ladies” reeks of “paternalistic condescension,” according to feminists.
71. Complimenting a woman’s handwriting
Apparently, telling a woman she has “nice handwriting” is sexist. The reason why it’s “sexist” is unknown, as it was fussed over by feminists in Bristol without so much as an explanation.
72. Running against Hillary Clinton
A feminist reporter from the New York Times suggested that it was sexist for Bernie Sanders to run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, as it might have blocked Hillary from becoming the first female nominee of a major party.
73. The word “cheer”
The word “cheer” was stricken from a college fight song, as the word was thought to “devalue the accomplishments of female students,” reports Campus Reform.
74. Western Civilization course
Stanford University rid itself of Western Civilization courses in the 80s after students complained that such courses “perpetuated ‘European-Western and male bias’ and ‘sexist and racist stereotypes,’” reports Campus Reform.
75. Having to pay for a tampon
Feminists are upset that they have to pay for their own basic hygiene—which is obviously a condition of the patriarchy oppressing women who can’t escape their period due to sexist biology.
76. Finding purpose in motherhood
Finding purpose in motherhood is a patriarchal trap, as seen when feminists lost their minds over singer Adele proclaiming such an anti-feminist sentiment.
77. Not supporting Hillary Clinton for president
If you don’t support the candidate with a uterus, and you have a uterus, there is a special place in hell for you. Of course, if you’re a man and don’t support Hillary, you’re obviously pro-female-oppression and can’t stomach the thought of a uterus occupying the White House.
78. Man caves
Man caves are a “disgusting patriarchal myth” and often “exclude” women, therefore, they are sexist.
79. The iconic TV show Seinfeld
After lamenting the “lack of diversity” in the iconic show, a feminist Alternet blogger explains that the iconic show is rife with sexism. For example, in one episode, Jerry “stakes out” where a woman works to ask her on a date, this is sexist and “creepy and intrusive.”
80. Reports that a celebrity might be pregnant
“Ban the bump-watch: Beyoncé’s belly scrutiny is sexist, invasive and bad for all women,” reads a Salon headline. I mean, why does the sexist media only notice a “baby bump” with women? Sexist biology strikes again.
81. This Target t-shirt
The t-shirt below from Target with the word “Trophy” on it is “demeaning to women,” feminists complain.
82. This adorable prom photo
With boys in “thought” and girls “smiling,” this photo perpetuates some negative, sexist stereotypes, apparently.
83. School dances
The expectation that boys have to ask girls to the dance acts to reinforce sexist gender stereotypes.
84. Telling young boys, “you need a haircut”
By telling a young boy that he “needs a haircut,” you are actually telling him that he is looking “too feminine— as if looking feminine is the worst thing a boy can do,” explains a feminist at Bustle.
85. The word “bossy”
The negative connotation of the “gendered” word “bossy” perpetuates the sexist notion that women should not “lead.”
86. Opening doors for women
This is a form of “benevolent sexism,” according to feminists at Everyday Feminism who insist that “chivalry must die.” By opening the door for a woman, you are not being polite, you’re signaling that women are weak and men are here to protect and take care of them. Talk about a loaded gesture.
87. School and workplace dress codes
School and workplace dress codes often conform to what’s deemed “appropriate” to the “male gaze.”
On Amazon, you can search for “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys,” such a distinction is sexist.
89. Gender-specific bathrooms
The patriarchy created gender-specific bathrooms to exclude women and treat them as man’s lesser; according to feminists, women wanted in on the men’s room.
If a man is sitting with his legs spread, he’s committing the sexist crime of “man spreading.” Feminists explain that men do this to intimidate and because they feel entitled to take up more space than they deserve.
91. Viewing Friday the 13th as unlucky
National Review’s Katherine Timpf reports: “According to the Feminist Internet, Friday the 13th being considered ‘unlucky’ is apparently a manifestation of the patriarchy because Friday is the only day of the week named after a female goddess, and a group of 13 women was considered to be a coven of witches approximately 9 billion years ago.”
92. The phrase “too much information” (or “TMI”)
According to feminist icon Lena Dunham, “TMI” is used to belittle women’s experiences, where as men are rewarded with for their sharing.
“I think when men share their experiences, it’s bravery, and when women share their experiences, it’s some sort of — people are like, ‘TMI,’” Dunham explains.
93. Calling Hillary Clinton “shrill”
Calling Hillary Clinton “shrill” is a gendered attack, according to feminists.
94. Calling a woman “pretty”
This is another form of “benevolent sexism.” Men call women pretty to emphasize that all they are worth is their appearance.
95. The SATs
According to The New York Times, SAT testing may feature questions that are viewed as “stereotype threats.” For instance, one math question show that more boys than girls in math classes. Females will apparently lose self-worth over such a “microaggression.”
96. The “kiss cam”
The “kiss cam” clearly acts to perpetuation “misogyny” and “can sexually disempower women” by making women feel obligated to a man.
97. The Olympics
Some sexist announcers covering the Olympics had the audacity to mention that female athletes had children; some even credited a male coach for coaching.
98. Denying the mythical gender pay gap
99. Denying the exaggerate “rape culture”
Denying the politicized and exaggerated “rape culture” means you’re a sexist who doesn’t want to combat rape.
100. Being pro-life
If you believe that babies should not be killed in the womb, you actually hate “empowered women.”
101. Being a Republican
And of course: All Republicans are sexist woman-haters, just ask disgraced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Remember, everything is sexist.