“Is it because I’m a girl?” asked a girl when her mom did not allow her to play out with the boys. That’s just one of the earliest memories of many women when it comes to gender discrimination.
But as we grow up in a progressing society and join it as a working adult, many can see for themselves how different women are treated from male colleagues. Unfortunately, people do things the way they did because that’s just how this world is built. The system is deep-rooted in our parents’ minds and ours.
One could never imagine it’s penetrated deep into the things that we are regularly used to.
This is Karly Hou, the woman behind the Twitter thread that laid out 18 facts that significantly affect our lives.
Equipment, regulations, and practice standards that were built around men.
Cars are definitely not designed for women. It is incredibly annoying for Asian women to deal with the massive space between the wheel, the pedals, and the seat. The position of the seatbelt is also often uncomfortable.
Based on the world’s demographic data by INED, there are slightly more men in 2020. Women account for 49.6% of the total population, which currently sits at 7.8 billion people.
Researchers suggest that “default male” is a huge issue that causes the disparity when it comes to standards. Author Caroline Criado Perez explains that the long years of culture and norms of using men to represent humankind has caused almost irreversible damage.
Catharine MacKinnon, a feminist legal scholar who spoke to NY Times, explained that feminism reveals attitudes that we did not even realize. A year after the #MeToo movement, the culture of stating that a woman “allege or claim” to have been sexually assaulted is being challenged.
“What if survivors “report” sexual violation and the accused “alleges” or “claims” it did not occur, or occur as reported?” she added.
Unfortunately, this is something that we’ve always been exposed to. “As young black girls, I argued, we had been taught that because the lives of the men in our community were in genuine danger,” wrote Shanita Hubbard.
“The pain they caused us was not the priority.”
Patriarchy is also a culture that cannot be easily changed. “Cultural change is not easy to effect, especially when it comes to something as structurally inscribed as the patriarchy,” wrote Daphne Merkin. However, patriarchy itself is not evil as long as one executes it with women’s safety and comfort in mind.
Never felt comfortable while driving? Always felt like they cranked up the aircon way too high when you work? Don’t worry. Female militants and frontline healthcare workers are feeling the exact same problem. We’re in this together, and we’ll surely get more people to notice this issue.