27 2 / 2013

At a small high school, feminism is not only a dirty word, it might as well be an alien word. Among many teenage girls, body shame runs rampant. I’ve heard two girls outside my bathroom stall criticizing another for being “too fat to wear bright pants.” Among many teenage guys, there’s the use of “slut,” “bitch,” “friend-zone,” and sexist jokes galore. And, should any of them be called on it, they will immediately turn hostile. After all, it’s “just a joke.” Relax, amiright, bros?

There are also less overt, and somehow much more disheartening, ways in which feminism is quashed. It’s a lot more subtle, and masked in friendly, non-confrontational conversation. It can be hard to overcome the social pressure to keep my outraged mouth shut when a friend casually mentions that women who complain about being objectified by men and the media are only objectifying themselves by wearing makeup or by dressing a certain way. You know, because a woman only ever puts on lipstick or a short skirt to impress a man. It certainly might not be because it makes her feel attractive or anything. Or, God forbid, to attract another woman. The most frustrating moments in casual interaction, however, are when girls jump on board the misogyny train.

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