Whether it’s a sexist joke cracked by someone who should know better, a painful ‘mansplain’ or a catcall in the street, it’s often hard to know how to respond to casual sexism – or whether you should respond at all. Here are a few tricks you can keep up your sleeve.
There’s a change in the air; a front of women who are calling out gender bias and harassment. We’re fed up of being judged on our appearance and life choices; of sexism masquerading as ‘just a joke’. But despite the fact we’re refusing to stay silent, casual sexism is still alive and kicking.
Etiquette expert Susie Wilson says while attitudes are shifting, we still have a long way to go. “Sexism still exists in many ways. It’s an easy and guaranteed way to get heard whether it’s the man or the media looking for the attention, or both.”