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Sexism does still exist in this world. Feminism is a dirty word, to the point where some people are afraid to call themselves one out of fear of being sent death threats, rape threats, threats of being doxxed, or “just” being sent pictures of male genitalia.
Admittedly, feminism isn’t without unpleasant people. If you’ve ever heard the word TERF, it stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist, basically someone who refuses to include non-binary women and accuses them of being men trying to infiltrate female spaces (they’re not). These types also tend to be dismissive of the problems of POC and anyone on the Queer spectrum. They’re horrible people. But they shouldn’t be the reason to hate every feminist any more than the Westboro Baptist Church is an excuse to hate every Christian.
Feminism is about the equality taken away by sexism. The wage gap exists; women really do make less than men for the same amount of work, and for women of color, the gap is much bigger. Men have no idea how periods work to the point of thinking women can “hold it in”, and that’s why tampons are a luxury item.
And while once women were always given child custody in divorces, since the seventies, it’s no longer the case. These days, fathers are given far more preference than mothers. To the point where women in some states have to share custody with their rapists.
Even the medical world is effect by sexism. Endemetriosis, menorrhagia, polycystic ovary syndrome and fibroids, all female only conditions that can cause chronic pain, all have unknown causes and none have cures. Let’s not forget that women are often not included in clinical trials and dosages of medicine can be quite different for them. Some conditions, like autism, are so male-focused that girls aren’t diagnosed because they display different symptoms. Then there’s the fact that the male birth control study was ended because some men reported depression. Despite the fact that female birth control has the same side effect. In greater percentages.
I could go on. It doesn’t matter that we live in a privileged society. If we’re not all treated with the same consideration, how privileged is it really?