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Sexism – When Women are Their Own Worst Enemy

I have tried and tried to avoid writing on this topic. But every single day (multiple times a day) I am reminded of a book that continues to gain momentum and popularity and I just have to get it out (my thoughts on it, that is.)

But before I do, let me say this. I am one of those women whose blood pressure rises and teeth clench whenever I see evidences of sexism…anywhere.

In the home.
At the office.
In entertainment (and I use that term loosely
.)

I have no problem raising my voice against pornography, strip clubs, prostitution, and the like.

In that way, I’m like almost every other woman I know.

I treat men with respect and I expect the same from them.

However, given the growing trend of women who are devouring Fifty Shades of Grey, I am in the minority.

I have zero desire or interest to pick up a book that demeans, demoralizes, uses, and abuses women in the most intimate settings and calls it entertainment.

I just can’t figure out why so many women are reading and recommending it?

My point here is this…

If women want to be taken seriously when they start complaining about obvious sexism in their world, then these same women need to be consistent by not supporting (by buying/reading/discussing) works that demean women (even in the guise of what some term sophisticated literature.)

I read a while back an insightful statement by author Gary Thomas which has stuck with me and which I’ve shared with my friends and kids and colleagues.

When women raise the standard of what they will and will not accept (in their culture, workplace, and home) then the men in their lives will be forced to raise the bar of their own behavior if they (the men) want to be with women of quality.

So here’s to women who know what real strength is…and impart that knowledge (by their words and example) to girls and young women across our country.

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7 thoughts on “Sexism – When Women are Their Own Worst Enemy

  1. Amen!! I have been keeping track of another really great blog and comments about ’50 Shades of Grey’. Let’s call this book what it is – female pornography – and speak out so those in our circles of influence do not pervert and pollute their minds. This blog is from a Christian perspective and the over 75 comments are worth more than a glance. Here is the link to the blog: http://momof3darlings.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/50-shades-of-grey-may-not-be-so-gray-afterall/

  2. Thank you so much for this bold and very wise article against sexism! I fear for our youth in this regard! “Fifty shades of Grey” to me is nothing but abuse and exploitation of women! We must speak out against it. The fact that it is a best seller really scares me!!

    1. I share your concerns, Judy. The best and most powerful tool women (moms) have is to keep teaching their kids (boys and girls alike) to treat the other sex with respect. Otherwise, both sexes end up paying a high, high price.

  3. Reblogged this on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life and commented:

    Since the powers that be have decided to make money off of a trilogy of books that demeans women (and even celebrates it)…by producing a movie titled, Fifty Shades of Grey…it’s time to reblog this post I wrote way back in 2012. Remember this ladies… “When women raise the standard of what they will and will not accept (in their culture, workplace, and home) then the men in their lives will be forced to raise the bar of their own behavior if they (the men) want to be with women of quality.” That quote by author/speaker Gary Thomas…remember it and don’t forget it.

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