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Sexism is discrimination based on a person's sex or gender. It can happen to anyone. However, it is a more prevalent reality among women. Sexism manifests itself in everyday life. It can be seen at work, home, school, and other places. It can be perpetrated by strangers, colleagues, partners, family members, and friends. It can be in the form of words, gestures, unspoken/spoken rules, and other discriminatory actions, intended or otherwise. In the worst cases of sexism, it can involve violence, sexual assault, genital mutilation, and gendercide, among others.
Sexism occurs everyday, everywhere. There is no exception. It can be perpetrated by anyone, including ourselves. Its forms can vary. It can be as simple as thinking an erring driver must be a woman. It can reflect in how daughters are treated, compared to how sons are treated. It is important to remain aware about intentions and biases. Schools, businesses, and other organizations regularly conduct sensitivity training, which can be useful in helping people rethink their preconceived ideas.