The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest.
According to wikipedia: ‘The Everyday Sexism Project is a website founded in 2012 by Laura Bates, a British feminist writer. The aim of the site is to document everyday examples of sexism. Both men and women may submit examples, but it is mainly aimed at women’. I’ve included three recent examples on this page.
By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.
Although initially intended as a forum for friends living in London, the project has been extremely successful and has become an outlet for women from around the world to document their experiences. By the end of 2013 over 50,000 entries had been posted.
The project has been widely praised for raising awareness of / encouraging women to report sexual harassment on public transport. One notable success has been involvement in Project Guardian which was multi-agency operation designed to crack down on sexual offences on London’s public transport and resulted in 15 arrests in a single week.
Laura’s work has been an inspiration to many women, including my good lady wife. In 2013 she won Cosmopolitan’s Ultimate Woman of the Year Award and was listed as number 9 in the BBC Woman’s Hour 2014 Power List. She has written articles for many papers including the Guardian, the Independent, Huffington Post, the Times of India, Gulf News, Grazia South Africa, the Toronto Standard, French Glamour and the LA Times.
As a result of her work, 2,000 transport officers have been trained to spot inappropriate behaviour. She is pushing for education in classrooms to teach children about relationships and is also talking to large companies about how to reduce sexism at work.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you believe in. If you have experienced sexism, just everyday, small, so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism, please share your story so we can prove how widespread the problem really is. And nobody will be able to say we can’t talk about it anymore.
To date the project does not appear to have captured many examples of everydaysexisim experienced by a man.