Culturally, we treat sexism as if it is debatable, and we overlook or misunderstand its relationship to institutionalized power. Our cultural misunderstandings make it difficult, if not impossible, for us to embrace diversity and achieve social justice as a nation-even as we work to solve problems involving sex, gender, race, age, ability, and class. As the first in a series about sexism in the United States, Defining Sexism in the U.S. allows readers to explore the relationship between sexism, intersecting forms of discrimination (such as racism and homophobia), and power. Questions such as "Does Sexism Affect All Women Identically?", "How is Sexism Connected to Beauty?", and "Does Sexism Affect Men?" lay the groundwork for understanding how and why sexism functions within our society. This knowledge can lead to empowerment and healing-for individuals, local communities, and our nation as a whole.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Hall Magill holds degrees in English from the College of William and Mary and James Madison University. She has been a technical writer for IBM and taught college-level writing and gender courses. In the spring of 2011, she began blogging about women's studies issues. Posts from her blog (originally named Yo Mama) have been featured on BlogHer and The Representation Project's Sexy or Sexism campaign. Her articles have appeared on the news site .Mic, in Role Reboot magazine, and in the anthology Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak.