The Everyday Sexism Project
The EveryDaySexism project is an ever-increasing collection of over 50,000 women's experiences of gender imbalance. The stories come from women of all ages, races and sexual orientations, disabled and non-disabled, employed and unemployed, religious and non-religious. The project has expanded into 18 countries worldwide
Bates set up the
Everyday Sexism Project in 2013 after finding it difficult to speak out about sexism: "Again and again, people told me sexism is no longer a problem – that women are equal now, more or less, and if you can’t take a joke or take a compliment, then you need to stop being so 'frigid' and get a sense of humor. Even if I couldn’t solve the problem right away, I was determined that nobody should be able to tell us we couldn’t talk about it anymore.
The website documents everyday examples of sexism as reported by contributors around the world. Anyone may submit an entry directly to the site, or by email or tweet. The @everydaysexism twitter account is also really active and has more than 125K followers.
Even though it can be quite distressing to read many of the accounts of sexism, I do think it's made a significant impact on many people's lives, especially when acknowledging that everyday sexism
is a thing. And knowing that there's an outlet to share your experiences, even if in the moment it's hard to know what to do. It makes me think of the concept of
"communalization of grief" which Jonathan Shay discovered in his work with vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD, explained in his book
Achilles in Vietnam (a great read btw)
How can we use the power of communal storytelling in low-income urban areas to empower more men and women to resist sexism?
Is it easier to resist sexism, when you feel like you're doing it for a greater sake, with the support of a community?