Sexism or gender discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex or gender. Sexism can affect either gender, but it is particularly documented as affecting women and girls. It has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles, and may include the belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically superior to another. Extreme sexism may foster sexual harassment, rape, and other forms of sexual violence.
Etymology and definitionsEdit
According to Fred R. Shapiro, the term "sexism" was most likely coined on November 18, 1965, by Pauline M. Leet during a "Student-Faculty Forum" at Franklin and Marshall College. Specifically, the word sexism appears in Leet's forum contribution "Women and the Undergraduate", and she defines it by comparing it to racism, stating in part (on page 3): "When you argue ... that since fewer women write good poetry this justifies their total exclusion, you are taking a position analogous to that of the racist—I might call you in this case a 'sexist' ... Both the racist and the sexist are acting as if all that has happened had never happened, and both of them are making decisions and coming to conclusions about someone's value by referring to factors which are in both cases irrelevant."
Also according to Shapiro, the first time the term "sexism" appeared in print was in Caroline Bird's speech "On Being Born Female", which was published on November 15, 1968, in Vital Speeches of the Day (p. 6). In this speech she said in part: "There is recognition abroad that we are in many ways a sexist country. Sexism is judging people by their sex when sex doesn't matter. Sexism is intended to rhyme with racism."
Sexism is discrimination, prejudice, or stereotyping on the basis of gender. Sexism is most often expressed toward girls and women. It has been characterized as the "hatred of women" and "entrenched prejudice against women".
Some Darwinist conservatives, however, invoke that gender roles have a biological ground.
The status of women in ancient Egypt depended on their fathers or husbands, but they had property rights and were allowed to attend court, including as plaintiffs. Women of the Anglo-Saxon era were also commonly afforded equal status. Evidence, however, is lacking to support the idea that many pre-agricultural societies afforded women a higher status than women today. After the adoption of agriculture and sedentary cultures, the concept that one gender was inferior to the other was established; most often this was imposed upon women and girls. Examples of sexism in the ancient world include written laws preventing women from participating in the political process; women in ancient Rome could not vote or hold political office. Another example is scholarly texts that indoctrinate children in female inferiority; women in ancient China were taught the Confucian principles that a woman should obey her father in childhood, husband in marriage, and son in widowhood.
Witch hunts and trialsEdit
Sexism may have been the impetus that fueled the witch trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. In early modern Europe, and in the European colonies in North America, claims were made that witches were a threat to Christendom. The misogyny of that period played a role in the persecution of these women.
In Malleus Malificarum, the book which played a major role in the witch hunts and trials, the authors argue that women are more likely to practice witchcraft than men, and write that:
- All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman ... What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, a domestic danger, a delectable detriment, an evil of nature, painted with fair colours!
Witchcraft remains illegal in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, where it is punishable by death. In 2011, a woman was beheaded in that country for 'witchcraft and sorcery'. Murders of women after being accused of witchcraft remain common in some parts of the world; for example, in Tanzania, about 500 elderly women are murdered each year following such accusations.
When women are targeted for accusations of witchcraft and subsequent violence, it is often the case that several forms of discrimination interact - for example, discrimination based on gender with discrimination based on caste, as is the case in India and Nepal, where such crimes are relatively common.
Coverture and other marriage regulationsEdit
Until the 20th century, U.S. and English law observed the system of coverture, where "by marriage, the husband and wife are one person in law; that is the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage". U.S. women were not legally defined as "persons" until 1875 (Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162). A similar legal doctrine, named marital power, existed under Roman Dutch law (and is still partially in force in present-day Swaziland).
Restrictions on married women's rights were common in Western countries until a few decades ago: for instance, French married women obtained the right to work without their husband's permission in 1965, and in West Germany women obtained this right in 1977. During the Franco era, in Spain, a married woman required her husband's consent (called permiso marital) for employment, ownership of property and traveling away from home; the permiso marital was abolished in 1975. In Australia, until 1983, the passport application of a married woman had to be authorized by her husband.
Women in parts of the world continue to lose legal rights at marriage. For example, Yemeni marriage regulations state that a wife must obey her husband and must not leave home without his permission. In Iraq, the law allows husbands to legally "punish" their wives. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Family Code states that the husband is the head of the household; the wife owes her obedience to her husband; a wife has to live with her husband wherever he chooses to live; and wives must have their husbands' authorization to bring a case in court or to initiate other legal proceedings.
Abuses and discriminatory practices against women in marriage are often rooted in financial payments such as dowry, bride price, and dower. These transactions often serve as legitimizing coercive control of the wife by her husband and in giving him authority over her; for instance Article 13 of the Code of Personal Status (Tunisia) states that "The husband shall not, in default of payment of the dower, force the woman to consummate the marriage", implying that, if the dower is paid, marital rape is permitted (in this regard, critics have questioned the alleged gains of women in Tunisia, and its image as a progressive country in the region, arguing that discrimination against women remains very strong in that country).
The OMCT has recognized the "independence and ability to leave an abusive husband" as crucial in stopping mistreatment of women. However, in some parts of the world, once married, women have very little chance of leaving a violent husband: obtaining a divorce is very difficult in many jurisdictions because of the need to prove fault in court; while attempting a de facto separation (moving away from the marital home) is also not possible due to laws preventing this. For instance, in Afghanistan, a wife who leaves her marital home risks being imprisoned for "running away". In addition, many former British colonies, including India, maintain the concept of restitution of conjugal rights, under which a wife may be ordered by court to return to her husband; if she fails to do so she may be held in contempt of court. Other problems have to do with the payment of the bride price: if the wife wants to leave, her husband may demand back the bride price that he had paid to the woman's family; and the woman's family often cannot or does not want to pay it back.
Laws, regulations, and traditions related to marriage continue to discriminate against women in many parts of the world, and to contribute to the mistreatment of women, in particular in areas related to sexual violence and to self-determination in regard to sexuality, the violation of the latter now being acknowledged as a violation of women's rights; in 2012, Navi Pillay, then High Commissioner for Human Rights, has stated that:
- "Women are frequently treated as property, they are sold into marriage, into trafficking, into sexual slavery. Violence against women frequently takes the form of sexual violence. Victims of such violence are often accused of promiscuity and held responsible for their fate, while infertile women are rejected by husbands, families and communities. In many countries, married women may not refuse to have sexual relations with their husbands, and often have no say in whether they use contraception ... Ensuring that women have full autonomy over their bodies is the first crucial step towards achieving substantive equality between women and men. Personal issues—such as when, how and with whom they choose to have sex, and when, how and with whom they choose to have children—are at the heart of living a life in dignity."
Suffrage and politicsEdit
Gender has been used, at times, as a tool for discrimination against women in the political sphere. Women's suffrage was not achieved until 1893, when New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote. Saudi Arabia was the most recent country, as of August 2015, to extend the right to vote to women in 2011. Some Western countries allowed women the right to vote only relatively recently: Swiss women gained the right to vote in federal elections in 1971, and Appenzell Innerrhoden became the last canton to grant women the right to vote on local issues (in 1991, when it was forced to do so by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland). French women were granted the right to vote in 1944. In Greece, women obtained the right to vote in 1952. In Liechtenstein, women obtained the right to vote in 1984, through the women's suffrage referendum of 1984.
While almost every woman today has the right to vote, there is still progress to be made for women in politics. Studies have shown that in several democracies including Australia, Canada and the United States, women are still represented using gender stereotypes in the press. Multiple authors have shown that gender differences in the media are less evident today than they used to be in the 1980s, but are nonetheless still present. Certain issues (e.g., education) are likely to be linked with female candidates, while other issues (e.g., taxes) are likely to be linked with male candidates. In addition, there is more emphasis on female candidates' personal qualities, such as their appearance and their personality, as females are portrayed as emotional and dependent.
Sexism in politics can also be shown in the imbalance of law making power between men and women. Lanyan Chen stated that men hold more political power than women, serving as the gatekeepers of policy making. It is possible that this leads to women's needs not being properly represented. In this sense, the inequality of law making power also causes the gender discrimination in politics. The ratio of women to men in legislatures is used as a measure of gender equality in the UN created Gender Empowerment Measure and its newer incarnation the Gender Inequality Index.
Gender stereotypes are widely held beliefs about the characteristics and behavior of women and men. Empirical studies have found widely shared cultural beliefs that men are more socially valued and more competent than women in a number of activities. Dustin B. Thoman and others (2008) hypothesize that "[t]he socio-cultural salience of ability versus other components of the gender-math stereotype may impact women pursuing math". Through the experiment comparing the math outcomes of women under two various gender-math stereotype components, which are the ability of math and the effort on math respectively, Thoman and others found that women’s math performance is more likely to be affected by the negative ability stereotype, which is influenced by sociocultural beliefs in the United States, rather than the effort component. As a result of this experiment and the sociocultural beliefs in the United States, Thoman and others concluded that individuals' academic outcomes can be affected by the gender-math stereotype component that is influenced by the sociocultural beliefs.
In the World Values Survey, responders were asked if they thought that wage work should be restricted to only men in the case of shortage in jobs. While in Iceland the proportion that agreed was 3.6%, in Egypt it was 94.9%.
Sexism in language exists when language devalues members of a certain gender. Sexist language, in many instances, promotes male superiority. Sexism in language affects consciousness, perceptions of reality, encoding and transmitting cultural meanings and socialization. Researchers have pointed to the semantic rule in operation in language of the male-as-norm. This results in sexism as the male becomes the standard and those who are not male are relegated to the inferior. Sexism in language is considered a form of indirect sexism, in that it is not always overt.
- The use of generic masculine terms to reference a group of mixed gender, such as "mankind", "man" (referring to humanity), "guys", or "officers and men"
- The use of the singular masculine pronoun (he, his, him) as the default to refer to a person of unknown gender
- Terms ending in "-man" that may be performed by those of non-male genders, such as businessman, chairman, or policeman
- The ordering of words in phrases like "man and wife"
- The use of unnecessary gender markers, such as "male nurse" implying that simply a "nurse" is by default assumed to be female.
Sexist and gender-neutral languageEdit
Various feminist movements in the 20th century, from liberal feminism and radical feminism to standpoint feminism, postmodern feminism and queer theory have all considered language in their theorizing. Most of these theories have maintained a critical stance on language that calls for a change in the way speakers use their language.
One of the most common calls is for gender-neutral language. Many have called attention, however, to the fact that the English language isn't inherently sexist in its linguistic system, but rather the way it is used becomes sexist and gender-neutral language could thus be employed. At the same time, other opposed critiques of sexism in language with explanations that language is a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, and attempts to control it can be fruitless.
Sexism in languages other than EnglishEdit
Romanic languages such as French and Spanish may be seen as reinforcing sexism, in that the masculine form is the default form. The word 'mademoiselle', meaning miss was declared banished from French administrative forms in 2012 by Prime Minister François Fillon. Current pressure calls for the use of the masculine plural pronoun as the default in a mixed-sex group to change. As to Spanish, Mexico's Ministry of the Interior published a guide on how to reduce the use of sexist language.
German speakers have also raised questions about how sexism intersects with grammar. The German language is heavily inflected for gender, number, and case; nearly all nouns denoting the occupations or statuses of human beings are gender-differentiated. For more gender-neutral constructions, gerund nouns are sometimes used instead, as this completely eliminates the grammatical gender distinction in the plural, and significantly reduces it in the singular. For example, instead of die Studenten ("the men students") or die Studentinnen ("the women students"), one writes die Studierenden ("the [people who are] studying"). However, this approach introduces an element of ambiguity, because gerund nouns more precisely denote one currently engaged in the activity, rather than one who routinely engages in it as their primary occupation.
In Chinese, some writers have pointed to sexism inherent in the structure of written characters. For example, the character for man is linked to those for positive qualities like courage and effect while the character for wife is composed of a female part and a broom, considered of low worth.
Gender-specific pejorative termsEdit
Gender-specific pejorative terms intimidate or harm another person because of their gender. Sexism can be expressed in language with negative gender-oriented implications, such as condescension. For example, one may refer to a female as a "girl" rather than a "woman", implying that they are subordinate or not fully mature. Other examples include obscene language. Some words are offensive to transgender people, including "tranny", "she-male", or "he-she". Intentional misgendering (assigning the wrong gender to someone) and the pronoun "it" are also considered pejorative.
Occupational sexism refers to discriminatory practices, statements or actions, based on a person's sex, occurring in the workplace. One form of occupational sexism is wage discrimination. In 2008, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that while female employment rates have expanded and gender employment and wage gaps have narrowed nearly everywhere, on average women still have 20% less chance to have a job and are paid 17% less than men. The report stated:
[In] many countries, labour market discrimination—i.e. the unequal treatment of equally productive individuals only because they belong to a specific group—is still a crucial factor inflating disparities in employment and the quality of job opportunities [...] Evidence presented in this edition of the Employment Outlook suggests that about 8 percent of the variation in gender employment gaps and 30 percent of the variation in gender wage gaps across OECD countries can be explained by discriminatory practices in the labour market.
Women who enter predominantly male work groups can experience the negative consequences of tokenism: performance pressures, social isolation, and role encapsulation. Tokenism could be used to camouflage sexism, to preserve male worker's advantage in the workplace. No link exists between the proportion of women working in an organization/company and the improvement of their working conditions. Ignoring sexist issues may exacerbate women’s occupational problems.
Gap in hiringEdit
Studies have repeatedly shown that sex-blind hiring results in Research has repeatedly shown that mothers in the United States are less likely to be hired than equally-qualified fathers and, if hired, receive a lower salary than male applicants with children.
One study found that female applicants were favored; however, its results have been met with skepticism from other researchers, since it contradicts most other studies on the issue. Joan C. Williams, a distinguished professor at the University of California's Hastings College of Law, raised issues with its methodology, pointing out that the fictional female candidates it used were unusually well-qualified. Studies using more moderately-qualified graduate students have found that male students are much more likely to be hired, offered better salaries, and offered mentorship.
In Europe, studies based on field experiments in the labour market, provide evidence for no severe levels of discrimination based on female gender. However, unequal treatment is still measured in particular situations, for instance when candidates apply for positions at a higher functional level in Belgium,[not in citation given] when they apply at their fertiles ages in France,[not in citation given] and when they apply for male-dominated occupations in Austria.
Studies have concluded that on average women earn lower wages than men worldwide. Some people argue that this is the result of widespread gender discrimination in the workplace. Others argue that the wage gap is a result of different choices by men and women, such as women placing more value than men on having children, and men being more likely than women to choose careers in high paying fields such as business, engineering and technology.
Eurostat found a persistent, average gender pay gap of 27.5% in the 27 EU member states in 2008. Similarly, the OECD found that female full-time employees earned 27% less than their male counterparts in OECD countries in 2009.
In the United States, the female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.77 in 2009; female full-time, year-round (FTYR) workers earned 77% as much as male FTYR workers. Women's earnings relative to men's fell from 1960 to 1980 (56.7–54.2%), rose rapidly from 1980 to 1990 (54.2–67.6%), leveled off from 1990 to 2000 (67.6–71.2%) and rose from 2000 to 2009 (71.2–77.0%). When the first Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, female full-time workers earned 48.9% as much as male full-time workers.
Research conducted in the Czech and Slovak Republics shows that, even after the governments passed anti-discrimination legislation, two thirds of the gender gap in wages remained unexplained and segregation continued to "represent a major source of the gap".
The gender gap can also vary across-occupation and within occupation. In Taiwan, for example, studies show how the bulk of gender wage discrepancies occur within-occupation. In Russia, research shows that the gender wage gap is distributed unevenly across income levels, and that it mainly occurs at the lower end of income distribution. The research also found that "wage arrears and payment in-kind attenuated wage discrimination, particularly amongst the lowest paid workers, suggesting that Russian enterprise managers assigned lowest importance to equity considerations when allocating these forms of payment".
The gender pay gap has been attributed to differences in personal and workplace characteristics between men and women (such as education, hours worked and occupation), innate behavioral and biological differences between men and women and discrimination in the labor market (such as gender stereotypes and customer and employer bias). Women currently take significantly more time off to raise children than men. In certain countries such as South Korea, it has also been a long-established practice to lay-off female employees upon marriage. A study by professor Linda Babcock in her book Women Don't Ask shows that men are eight times more likely to ask for a pay raise, suggesting that pay inequality may be partly a result of behavioral differences between the sexes. However, studies generally find that a portion of the gender pay gap remains unexplained after accounting for factors assumed to influence earnings; the unexplained portion of the wage gap is attributed to gender discrimination.
Estimates of the discriminatory component of the gender pay gap vary. The OECD estimated that approximately 30% of the gender pay gap across OECD countries is due to discrimination. Australian research shows that discrimination accounts for approximately 60% of the wage differential between men and women. Studies examining the gender pay gap in the United States show that a large portion of the wage differential remains unexplained, after controlling for factors affecting pay. One study of college graduates found that the portion of the pay gap unexplained after all other factors are taken into account is 5% one year after graduating and 12% a decade after graduation. A study by the American Association of University Women found that women graduates in the United States are paid less than men doing the same work and majoring in the same field.
Wage discrimination is theorized as contradicting the economic concept of supply and demand, which states that if a good or service (in this case, labor) is in demand and has value it will find its price in the market. If a worker offered equal value for less pay, supply and demand would indicate a greater demand for lower-paid workers. If a business hired lower-wage workers for the same work, it would lower its costs and enjoy a competitive advantage. According to supply and demand, if women offered equal value demand (and wages) should rise since they offer a better price (lower wages) for their service than men do.
Research at Cornell University and elsewhere indicates that mothers in the United States are less likely to be hired than equally-qualified fathers and, if hired, receive a lower salary than male applicants with children. The OECD found that "a significant impact of children on women’s pay is generally found in the United Kingdom and the United States". Fathers earn $7,500 more, on average, than men without children do.
There is research to suggest that the gender wage gap leads to big losses for the economy as a whole.
Possible causes for wage discriminationEdit
According to Denise Venable at the National Center for Policy Analysis, the "wage gap" in the United States is not the result of discrimination but of differences in lifestyle choices. Venable's report found that women are less likely than men to sacrifice personal happiness for increases in income or to choose full-time work. She found that among American adults working between one and thirty-five hours a week and part-time workers who have never been married, women earn more than men. Venable also found that among people aged 27 to 33 who have never had a child, women's earnings approach 98% of men's and "women who hold positions and have skills and experience similar to those of men face wage disparities of less than 10 percent, and many are within a couple of points". Venable concluded that women and men with equal skills and opportunities in the same positions face little or no wage discrimination: "Claims of unequal pay almost always involve comparing apples and oranges".
There is considerable agreement that gender wage discrimination exists, however, when it comes to estimating its magnitude, significant discrepancies are visible. A meta-regression analysis concludes that "the estimated gender gap has been steadily declining" and that the wage rate calculation is proven to be crucial in estimating the wage gap. The analysis further notes that excluding experience and failing to correct for selection bias from analysis might also lead to incorrect conclusions.
Glass ceiling effectEdit
"The popular notion of glass ceiling effects implies that gender (or other) disadvantages are stronger at the top of the hierarchy than at lower levels and that these disadvantages become worse later in a person's career."
In the United States, women account for 52% of the overall labor force, but only make up 3% of corporate CEOs and top executives. Some researchers see the root cause of this situation in the tacit discrimination based on gender, conducted by current top executives and corporate directors (primarily male), as well as "the historic absence of women in top positions", which "may lead to hysteresis, preventing women from accessing powerful, male-dominated professional networks, or same-sex mentors". The glass ceiling effect is noted as being especially persistent for women of color (according to a report, "women of colour perceive a 'concrete ceiling' and not simply a glass ceiling").
In the economics profession, it has been observed that women are more inclined than men to dedicate their time to teaching and service. Since continuous research work is crucial for promotion, "the cumulative effect of small, contemporaneous differences in research orientation could generate the observed significant gender difference in promotion". In the high-tech industry, research shows that, regardless of the intra-firm changes, "extra-organizational pressures will likely contribute to continued gender stratification as firms upgrade, leading to the potential masculinization of skilled high-tech work".
Research by David Matsa and Amalia Miller suggests that a possible remedy to the glass ceiling could be increasing the number of women on corporate boards, which could subsequently lead to increases in the number of women working in top management positions. The same research suggests that this could also result in a "feedback cycle in which the presence of more female managers increases the qualified pool of potential female board members (for the companies they manage, as well as other companies), leading to greater female board membership and then further increases in female executives".
Weight based sexismEdit
A 2009 study found that being overweight harms women's career advancement, but presents no barrier for men. Overweight women were significantly underrepresented among company bosses, making up between 5% and 22% of female CEOs. However, the proportion of overweight male CEOs was between 45% and 61%, over-representing overweight men. On the other hand, approximately 5% of CEOs were obese among both genders. The author of the study stated that the results suggest that "the 'glass ceiling effect' on women's advancement may reflect not only general negative stereotypes about the competencies of women, but also weight bias that results in the application of stricter appearance standards to women".
Transgender people also experience significant workplace discrimination and harassment. Unlike sex-based discrimination, refusing to hire (or firing) a worker for their gender identity or expression is not explicitly illegal in most U.S. states.
In August 1995, Kimberly Nixon filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal against Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter. Nixon, a trans woman, had been interested in volunteering as a counselor with the shelter. When the shelter learned that she was transsexual, they told Nixon that she would not be allowed to volunteer with the organization. Nixon argued that this constituted illegal discrimination under Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code. Vancouver Rape Relief countered that individuals are shaped by the socialization and experiences of their formative years, and that Nixon had been socialized as a male growing up, and that, therefore, Nixon would not be able to provide sufficiently effective counseling to the female born women that the shelter served.
In social philosophy, objectification is the act of treating a person as an object or thing. Objectification plays a central role in feminist theory, especially sexual objectification. Feminist writer and gender equality activist Joy Goh-Mah argues that by being objectified, a person is denied agency. According to the philosopher Martha Nussbaum, a person might be objectified if one or more of the following properties are applied to them:
- Instrumentality – treating the object as a tool for another's purposes: "The objectifier treats the object as a tool of his or her purposes."
- Denial of Autonomy – treating the object as lacking in autonomy or self-determination: "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in autonomy and self-determination."
- Inertness – treating the object as lacking in agency or activity: "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in agency, and perhaps also in activity."
- Fungibility – treating the object as interchangeable with other objects: "The objectifier treats the object as interchangeable (a) with other objects of the same type, and/or (b) with objects of other types."
- Violability – treating the object as lacking in boundary integrity and violable: "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in boundary integrity, as something that it is permissible to break up, smash, break into."
- Ownership – treating the object as if it can be owned, bought, or sold: "The objectifier treats the object as something that is owned by another, can be bought or sold, etc."
- Denial of Subjectivity – treating the object as if there is no need for concern for its experiences or feelings: "The objectifier treats the object as something whose experience and feelings (if any) need not be taken into account."
- Reduction to Body – the treatment of a person as identified with their body, or body parts;
- Reduction to Appearance – the treatment of a person primarily in terms of how they look, or how they appear to the senses;
- Silencing – the treatment of a person as if they are silent, lacking the capacity to speak.
According to objectification theory, objectification can have important repercussions on women, particularly young women, as it can negatively impact their psychological health and lead to the development of mental disorders, such as unipolar depression, sexual dysfunction, and eating disorders.
While advertising used to portray women and men in obviously stereotypical roles (e.g., as a housewife, breadwinner), in modern advertisements they are no longer solely confined to their traditional roles. However, advertising today nonetheless still stereotypes both sexes, albeit in more subtle ways, including by sexually objectifying them.
Today, some countries (for example Norway and Denmark) have laws against sexual objectification in advertising. Nudity is not banned, and nude people can be used to advertise a product if they are relevant to the product advertised. Sol Olving, head of Norway's Kreativt Forum (an association of the country's top advertising agencies) explained, "You could have a naked person advertising shower gel or a cream, but not a woman in a bikini draped across a car".
Other countries continue to ban nudity (on traditional obscenity grounds), but also make explicit reference to sexual objectification, such as Israel's ban of billboards that "depicts sexual humiliation or abasement, or presents a human being as an object available for sexual use".
Anti-pornography feminist Catharine MacKinnon argues that pornography contributes to sexism by objectifying women and portraying them in submissive roles. MacKinnon, along with Andrea Dworkin, argues that pornography reduces women to mere tools, and is a form of sex discrimination. The two scholars highlight the link between objectification and pornography by stating:
"We define pornography as the graphic sexually explicit subordination of women through pictures and words that also includes (i) women are presented dehumanized as sexual objects, things, or commodities; or (ii) women are presented as sexual objects who enjoy humiliation or pain; or (iii) women are presented as sexual objects experiencing sexual pleasure in rape, incest or other sexual assault; or (iv) women are presented as sexual objects tied up, cut up or mutilated or bruised or physically hurt; or (v) women are presented in postures or positions of sexual submission, servility, or display; or (vi) women's body parts—including but not limited to vaginas, breasts, or buttocks—are exhibited such that women are reduced to those parts; or (vii) women are presented being penetrated by objects or animals; or (viii) women are presented in scenarios of degradation, humiliation, injury, torture, shown as filthy or inferior, bleeding, bruised, or hurt in a context that makes these conditions sexual."
Robin Morgan and Catharine MacKinnon suggest that certain types of pornography also contribute to violence against women by eroticizing scenes in which women are dominated, coerced, humiliated or sexually assaulted.
Some people opposed to pornography, including MacKinnon, charge that the production of pornography entails physical, psychological, and economic coercion of the women who perform and model in it. Opponents of pornography charge that it presents a distorted image of sexual relations and reinforces sexual myths; it shows women as continually available and willing to engage in sex at any time, with any person, on their terms, responding positively to any requests.
Pornography affects people's belief in rape myths. So for example if a woman says "I didn't consent" and people have been viewing pornography, they believe rape myths and believe the woman did consent no matter what she said. That when she said no, she meant yes. When she said she didn't want to, that meant more beer. When she said she would prefer to go home, that means she's a lesbian who needs to be given a good corrective experience. Pornography promotes these rape myths and desensitizes people to violence against women so that you need more violence to become sexually aroused if you're a pornography consumer. This is very well documented.
Defenders of pornography and anti-censorship activists (including sex-positive feminists) argue that pornography does not seriously impact a mentally healthy individual, since the viewer can distinguish between fantasy and reality. They contend that both sexes are objectified in pornography (particularly sadistic or masochistic pornography, in which men are objectified and sexually used by women).
Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment. Sex workers are often objectified and are seen as existing only to serve clients, thus calling their sense of agency into question. There is a prevailing notion that because they sell sex professionally, prostitutes automatically consent to all sexual contact. As a result, sex workers face higher rates of violence and sexual assault. This is often dismissed, ignored and not taken seriously by authorities.
In many countries, prostitution is dominated by brothels or pimps, who often claim ownership over sex workers. This sense of ownership furthers the concept that sex workers are void of agency. This is literally the case in instances of sexual slavery.
Various authors have argued that female prostitution is based on male sexism that condones the idea that unwanted sex with a woman is acceptable, that men's desires must be satisfied, and that women are coerced into and exist to serve men sexually. The European Women's Lobby condemned prostitution as "an intolerable form of male violence".
- "Prostitution is the use of a woman's body by a man for his own satisfaction. There is no desire or satisfaction on the part of the prostitute. Prostitution is not mutual, pleasurable exchange of the use of bodies, but the unilateral use of a woman's body by a man in exchange for money."
Some scholars believe that media portrayals of demographic groups can both maintain and disrupt attitudes and behaviors toward those groups.[page needed][page needed] According to Susan Douglas: "Since the early 1990s, much of the media have come to overrepresent women as having made it-completely-in the professions, as having gained sexual equality with men, and having achieved a level of financial success and comfort enjoyed primarily by Tiffany's-encrusted doyennes of Laguna Beach." These images may be harmful, particularly to women and racial and ethnic minority groups. For example, a study of African American women found they feel that media portrayals of African American women often reinforce stereotypes of this group as overly sexual and idealize images of lighter-skinned, thinner African American women (images African American women describe as objectifying). In a recent analysis of images of Haitian women in the Associated Press photo archive from 1994 to 2009, several themes emerged emphasizing the "otherness" of Haitian women and characterizing them as victims in need of rescue.
In an attempt to study the effect of media consumption on males, Samantha and Bridges found an effect on body shame, though not through self-objectification as it was found in comparable studies of women. The authors conclude that the current measures of objectification were designed for women and do not measure men accurately. Another study also found a negative effect on eating attitudes and body satisfaction of consumption of beauty and fitness magazines for women and men respectively, but again with different mechanisms, namely self-objectification for women and internalization for men.
Frederick Attenborough argues that sexist jokes can be a form of sexual objectification, which reduce the butt of the joke to an object. They not only objectify women, but can also condone violence or prejudice against women. "Sexist humor—the denigration of women through humor—for instance, trivializes sex discrimination under the veil of benign amusement, thus precluding challenges or opposition that nonhumorous sexist communication would likely incur." A study of 73 male undergraduate students by Ford found that "sexist humor can promote the behavioral expression of prejudice against women amongst sexist men". According to the study, when sexism is presented in a humorous manner it is viewed as tolerable and socially acceptable: "Disparagement of women through humor 'freed' sexist participants from having to conform to the more general and more restrictive norms regarding discrimination against women."
Gender (identity) discriminationEdit
Gender discrimination is discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived gender identity. Gender identity is "the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth". Gender discrimination is theoretically different from sexism. Whereas sexism is prejudice based on biological sex, gender discrimination specifically addresses discrimination towards identity based orientations, including third gender, genderqueer, and other non-binary identified people. Banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression has emerged as a subject of contention in the American legal system.
According to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, "although the majority of federal courts to consider the issue have concluded that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is not sex discrimination, there have been several courts that have reached the opposite conclusion". Hurst states that "[c]ourts often confuse sex, gender and sexual orientation, and confuse them in a way that results in denying the rights not only of gays and lesbians, but also of those who do not present themselves or act in a manner traditionally expected of their sex".
Oppositional sexism is a term coined by transfeminist author Julia Serano, who defined oppositional sexism as "the belief that male and female are rigid, mutually exclusive categories." Oppositional sexism plays a vital role in a number of social norms Viz. cissexism, heteronormativity, and traditional sexism.
Oppositional sexism normalizes masculine expression in males and feminine expression in females while simultaneously demonizing femininity in males and masculinity in females. This concept plays a crucial role in supporting cissexism, the social norm that views cisgender people as both natural and privileged as opposed to transgender people.
The idea of having two, totally opposite genders is tied to sexuality through what gender theorist Judith Butler calls a "compulsory practice of heterosexuality". Because oppositional sexism is tied to heteronormativity in this way, non-heterosexuals are seen as breaking gender norms.
The concept of opposite genders sets a "dangerous precedent", according to Serano, where "if men are big then women must be small; and if men are strong then women must be weak". The gender binary and oppositional norms work together to support "traditional sexism", the belief that femininity is inferior to and serves masculinity.
Serano states that oppositional sexism works in tandem with "traditional sexism." This ensures that "those who are masculine have power over those who are feminine, and that only those that are born male will be seen as authentically masculine."
Transgender discrimination is discrimination towards peoples whose gender identity differs from the social expectations of the biological sex they were born with. Forms of discrimination include but are not limited to identity documents not reflecting one's gender, sex-segregated public restrooms and other facilities, dress codes according to binary gender codes, and lack of access to and existence of appropriate health care services. In a recent adjudication, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded that discrimination against a transgender person is sex discrimination.
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the most extensive survey of transgender discrimination, in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition recently showed that Black transgender people in the United States suffer "the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural and individual racism" and that "black transgender people live in extreme poverty that is more than twice the rate for transgender people of all races (15%), four times the general Black population rate 9% and over eight times the general US population rate (4%)". In another study conducted in collaboration with the League of United Latin American Citizens, Latino/a transgender people who were non-citizens were most vulnerable to harassment, abuse and violence.
Further discrimination is faced by gender nonconforming individuals, whether transitioning or not, due to displacement from societally acceptable gender binaries and visible stigmatization. According to the NTDS, transgender gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals face between 8% and 15% high rates of self and social discrimination and violence than binary transgender individuals. Lisa R. Miller and Eric Anthony Grollman found in their 2015 study that "gender nonconformity may heighten trans people's exposure to discrimination and health-harming behaviors. Gender nonconforming trans adults reported more events of major and everyday transphobic discrimination than their gender conforming counterparts."
Although the exact rates are widely disputed, there is a large body of cross-cultural evidence that women are subjected to domestic violence mostly committed by men. In addition, there is broad consensus that women are more often subjected to severe forms of abuse and are more likely to be injured by an abusive partner. The United Nations recognizes domestic violence as a form of gender-based violence, which it describes as a human rights violation, and the result of sexism.
Domestic violence is tolerated and even legally accepted in many parts of the world. For instance, in 2010, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s Supreme Court ruled that a man has the right to physically discipline his wife and children if he does not leave visible marks. In 2015, Equality Now drew attention a section of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria, titled Correction of Child, Pupil, Servant or Wife which reads: "(1) Nothing is an offence which does not amount to the infliction of grievous hurt upon any persons which is done: (...) (d) by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife, such husband and wife being subject to any native law or custom in which such correction is recognized as lawful."
Honor killings are another form of domestic violence practiced in several parts of the world, and their victims are predominantly women. Honor killings can occur because of refusal to enter into an arranged marriage, maintaining a relationship relatives disapprove of, extramarital sex, becoming the victim of rape, dress seen as inappropriate, or homosexuality. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime states that, "[h]onour crimes, including killing, are one of history's oldest forms of gender-based violence".
According to a report of the Special Rapporteur submitted to the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights concerning cultural practices in the family that reflect violence against women:
The Special Rapporteur indicated that there had been contradictory decisions with regard to the honour defense in Brazil, and that legislative provisions allowing for partial or complete defense in that context could be found in the penal codes of Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Peru, Syria, Venezuela, and the Palestinian National Authority.
Practices such as honor killings and stoning continue to be supported by mainstream politicians and other officials in some countries. In Pakistan, after the 2008 Balochistan honour killings in which five women were killed by tribesmen of the Umrani Tribe of Balochistan, Pakistani Federal Minister for Postal Services Israr Ullah Zehri defended the practice: "These are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them. Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid." Following the 2006 case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani (which has placed Iran under international pressure for its stoning sentences), Mohammad-Javad Larijani (a senior envoy and chief of Iran’s Human Rights Council) defended the practice of stoning; he claimed it was a "lesser punishment" than execution, because it allowed those convicted a chance at survival.
Dowry deaths are the result of the killing women who are unable to pay the high dowry price for their marriage. According to Amnesty International, "the ongoing reality of dowry-related violence is an example of what can happen when women are treated as property".
Gendercide and forced sterilizationEdit
Female infanticide is the killing of newborn female children, while female selective abortion is the terminating of a pregnancy based upon the female sex of the fetus. Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific gender and it is an extreme form of gender-based violence. Female infanticide is more common than male infanticide, and is especially prevalent in South Asia, in countries such as China, India and Pakistan. Recent studies suggest that over 90 million girls and women are missing in China and India as a result of infanticide.
Sex-selective abortion involves terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the baby. The abortion of female fetuses is most common in areas where the culture values male children over females, such as parts of East Asia and South Asia (China, India, Pakistan, Korea, Taiwan), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia), and Western Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo).  One reason for this preference is that males are seen as generating more income than females. The trend has grown steadily over the previous decade, and may result in a future shortage of women.
Forced sterilization and forced abortion are also forms of gender-based violence. Forced sterilization was practiced during the first half of the 20th century by many Western countries and there are reports of this practice being currently employed in some countries, such as Uzbekistan and China.
In China, the one child policy interacting with the low status of women has been deemed responsible for many abuses, such female infanticide, sex-selective abortion, abandonment of baby girls, forced abortion, and forced sterilization.
In India the custom of dowry is strongly related to female infanticide, sex-selective abortion, abandonment and mistreatment of girls. Such practices are especially present in the northwestern part of the country (Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Delhi); see Female foeticide in India and Female infanticide in India).
Female genital mutilationEdit
Female genital mutilation is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons". WHO further state that, "the procedure has no health benefits for girls and women" and "[p]rocedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn death," and "is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women" and "constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women". The European Parliament stated in a resolution that the practice "clearly goes against the European founding value of equality between women and men and maintains traditional values according to which women are seen as the objects and properties of men".
Sexual assault and treatment of victimsEdit
Research by Lisak and Roth into factors motivating perpetrators of sexual assault, including rape, against women revealed a pattern of hatred towards women and pleasure in inflicting psychological and physical trauma, rather than sexual interest. Mary Odem and Peggy Reeves Sanday posit that rape is the result not of pathology but of systems of male dominance, cultural practices and beliefs.
Mary Odem, Jody Clay-Warner, and Susan Brownmiller argue that sexist attitudes are propagated by a series of myths about rape and rapists.:130–140 They state that in contrast to those myths, rapists often plan a rape before they choose a victim and acquaintance rape (not assault by a stranger) is the most common form of rape.:xiv Odem also asserts that these rape myths propagate sexist attitudes about men, by perpetuating the belief that men cannot control their sexuality.
Sexism can promote the stigmatization of women and girls who have been raped and inhibit recovery. In many parts of the world, women who have been raped are ostracized, rejected by their families, subjected to violence, and—in extreme cases—may become victims of honor killings because they are deemed to have brought shame upon their families.
The criminalization of marital rape is very recent, having occurred during the past few decades; and in many countries it is still legal. Several countries in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia made spousal rape illegal before 1970; other European countries and some of the English-speaking countries outside Europe outlawed it later, mostly in the 1980s and 1990s; some countries outlawed it in the 2000s. The WHO wrote that: "Marriage is often used to legitimize a range of forms of sexual violence against women. The custom of marrying off young children, particularly girls, is found in many parts of the world. This practice—legal in many countries—is a form of sexual violence, since the children involved are unable to give or withhold their consent".
Sexism is manifested by the crime of rape targeting women civilians and soldiers, committed by soldiers, combatants or civilians during armed conflict, war or military occupation. This arises from the long tradition of women being seen as sexual booty and from the misogynistic culture of military training.
Sexual violence and rape are also committed against men during war and are often under-reported. Sexism plays a significant part in the difficulty that the survivors face coping with their victimization, especially in patriarchal cultures, and in the lack of support provided to men who have been raped.
The United Nations Population Fund writes that "Family planning is central to gender equality and women's empowerment". Women in many countries around the world are denied medical and informational services related to reproductive health, including access to pregnancy care, family planning, and contraception. In countries with very strict abortion laws (particularly in Latin America) women who suffer miscarriages are often investigated by the police under suspicion of having deliberately provoked the miscarriage, and are sometimes jailed, a practice which Amnesty International called a "ruthless campaign against women's rights". Doctors may be reluctant to treat pregnant women who are very ill, because they are afraid the treatment may result in fetal loss. According to Amnesty Intentional, "Discriminatory attitudes towards women and girls also means access to sex education and contraceptives are near impossible [in El Salvador]". The organization has also criticized laws and policies which require the husband's consent for a woman to use reproductive health services as being discriminatory and dangerous to women's health and life: "[F]or the woman who needs her husband's consent to get contraception, the consequences of discrimination can be serious – even fatal".
Child and forced marriageEdit
A child marriage is a marriage where one or both spouses are under 18, a practice that disproportionately affects women. Child marriages are most common in South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, but occur in other parts of the world, too. The practice of marrying young girls is rooted in patriarchal ideologies of control of female behavior, and is also sustained by traditional practices such as dowry and bride price. Child marriage is strongly connected with the protection of female virginity. UNICEF states that:
- "Marrying girls under 18 years old is rooted in gender discrimination, encouraging premature and continuous child bearing and giving preference to boys' education. Child marriage is also a strategy for economic survival as families marry off their daughters at an early age to reduce their economic burden."
Consequences of child marriage include restricted education and employment prospects, increased risk of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, pregnancy and birth complications, and social isolation. Early and forced marriage are defined as forms of modern-day slavery by the International Labour Organisation.
In some cases a woman or girl who has been raped may be forced to marry her rapist, in order to restore the honor of her family; or marriage by abduction, a practice in which a man abducts the woman or girl whom he wishes to marry and rapes her, in order to force the marriage (common in Ethiopia).
Legal justice and regulationsEdit
In several OIC countries the legal testimony of a woman is worth legally half of that of a man (see Status of women's testimony in Islam). Such countries include: Algeria (in criminal cases), Bahrain (in Sharia courts), Egypt (in family courts), Iran (in most cases), Iraq (in some cases), Jordan (in Sharia courts), Kuwait (in family courts), Libya (in some cases), Morocco (in family cases), Palestine (in cases related to marriage, divorce and child custody), Qatar (in family law matters), Syria (in Sharia courts), United Arab Emirates (in some civil matters), Yemen (not allowed to testify at all in cases of adultery and retribution), and Saudi Arabia. Such laws have been criticized by Human Rights Watch and Equality Now as being discriminatory towards women.
The criminal justice system in many common law countries has also been accused of discriminating against women. Provocation is, in many common law countries, a partial defense to murder, which converts what would have been murder into manslaughter. It is meant to be applied when a person kills in the "heat of passion" upon being "provoked" by the behavior of the victim. This defense has been criticized as being gendered, favoring men, due to it being used disproportionately in cases of adultery, and other domestic disputes when women are killed by their partners. As a result of the defense exhibiting a strong gender bias, and being a form of legitimization of male violence against women and minimization of the harm caused by violence against women, it has been abolished or restricted in several jurisdictions.
The traditional leniently towards crimes of passion in Latin American countries has been deemed to have its origin in the view that women are property. In 2002, Widney Brown, advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, stated that, "[S]o-called crimes of passion have a similar dynamic [to honor killings] in that the women are killed by male family members and the crimes are perceived as excusable or understandable." The OHCHR has called for "the elimination of discriminatory provisions in the legislation, including mitigating factors for 'crimes of passion'".
In the United States, some studies have shown that for identical crimes, men are given harsher sentences than women. Controlling for arrest offense, criminal history, and other pre-charge variables, sentences are over 60% heavier for men. Women are more likely to avoid charges entirely, and to avoid imprisonment if convicted. The gender disparity varies according to the nature of the case. For example, the gender gap is less pronounced in fraud cases than in drug trafficking and firearms. This disparity occurs in US federal courts, despite guidelines designed to avoid differential sentencing. The death penalty in may also suffer from gender bias. According to Shatz and Shatz, "[t]he present study confirms what earlier studies have shown: that the death penalty is imposed on women relatively infrequently and that it is disproportionately imposed for the killing of women".
There have been several reasons postulated for the gender criminal justice disparity in the United States. One of the most common is expectation that women are predominantly care-givers. Other possible reasons include the "girlfriend theory" (whereby women are seen as tools of their boyfriends), the theory that female defendants are more likely to cooperate with authorities, and that women are often successful at turning their violent crime into victimhood by citing defenses such as postpartum depression or battered wife syndrome. However, none of these theories account for the total disparity, and sexism has also been suggested as an underlying cause.
Gender discrimination also helps explain the differences between trial outcomes in which some female defendants are sentenced to death and other female defendants are sentenced to lesser punishments. Phillip Barron argues that female defendants are more likely to be sentenced to death for crimes that violate gender norms, such as killing children or killing strangers.
Transgender people face widespread discrimination while incarcerated. They are generally housed according to their legal birth sex, rather than their gender identity. Studies have shown that transgender people are at an increased risk for harassment and sexual assault in this environment. They may also be denied access to medical procedures related to their reassignment.
Some countries use stoning as a form of capital punishment. According to Amnesty International, the majority of those stoned are women and women are disproportionately affected by stoning because of sexism in the legal system.
One study found that "on average, women receive lighter sentences in comparison with men... roughly 30% of the gender differences in incarceration cannot be explained by the observed criminal characteristics of offense and offender. We also find evidence of considerable heterogeneity across judges in their treatment of female and male offenders. There is little evidence, however, that tastes for gender discrimination are driving the mean gender disparity or the variance in treatment between judges."
Women have traditionally had limited access to higher education. In the past, when women were admitted to higher education, they were encouraged to major in less-scientific subjects; the study of English literature in American and British colleges and universities was instituted as a field considered suitable to women's "lesser intellects".
Educational specialties in higher education produce and perpetuate inequality between men and women. Disparity persists particularly in computer and information science, where in the US women received only 21% of the undergraduate degrees, and in engineering, where women obtained only 19% of the degrees in 2008. Only one out of five of physics doctorates in the US are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American. Of all the physics professors in the country, only 14% are women.
World literacy is lower for females than for males. Data from The World Factbook shows that 79.7% of women are literate, compared to 88.6% of men (aged 15 and over). In some parts of the world, girls continue to be excluded from proper public or private education. In parts of Afghanistan, girls who go to school face serious violence from some local community members and religious groups. According to 2010 UN estimates, only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen had less than 90 girls per 100 boys at school. Jayachandran and Lleras-Muney's study of Sri Lankan economic development has suggested that increases in the life expectancy for women encourages educational investment because a longer time horizon increases the value of investments that pay out over time.
Educational opportunities and outcomes for women have greatly improved in the West. Since 1991, the proportion of women enrolled in college in the United States has exceeded the enrollment rate for men, and the gap has widened over time. As of 2007[update], women made up the majority—54%—of the 10.8 million college students enrolled in the United States. However, research by Diane Halpern has indicated that boys receive more attention, praise, blame and punishment in the grammar-school classroom, and "this pattern of more active teacher attention directed at male students continues at the postsecondary level". Over time, female students speak less in a classroom setting.
Writer Gerry Garibaldi has argued that the educational system has become "feminized", allowing girls more of a chance at success with a more "girl-friendly" environment in the classroom; this is seen to hinder boys by punishing "masculine" behavior and diagnosing boys with behavioral disorders. A recent study by the OECD in over 60 countries found that teachers give boys lower grades for the same work. The researchers attribute this to stereotypical ideas about boys and recommend teachers to be aware of this gender bias. One study found that students give female professors worse evaluation scores than male professors, even though the students appear to do as well under female professors as male professors.
Feminists argue that some fashion trends have been oppressive to women; they restrict women's movements, increase their vulnerability and endanger their health. The fashion industry has experienced various criticism, as their association of thin models and beauty is seen as encouraging bulimia and anorexia nervosa within women, as well as locking female consumers into false feminine identities.
The assignment of gender specific baby clothes from young ages can be seen as sexist as it can instill in children from young ages a belief in negative gender stereotypes. An example of this is the assignment in some countries of the color pink to girls and blue to boys. This fashion, however, is a recent one; at the beginning of the 20th century the trend was the opposite: blue for girls and pink for boys. In the early 1900s, The Women's Journal wrote "[t]hat pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl." DressMaker magazine also explained that "[t]he preferred colour to dress young boys in is pink. Blue is reserved for girls as it is considered paler, and the more dainty of the two colours, and pink is thought to be stronger (akin to red)".
Today, in most countries, it is considered inappropriate for boys to wear dresses and skirts, but this is also a relatively modern worldview. From the mid-16th century until the late 19th or early 20th century, young boys in the Western world were unbreeched and wore gowns or dresses until an age that varied between two and eight.
Laws that dictate how women must dress are seen by many international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, as a form of gender discrimination. Amnesty International states that:
- "Interpretations of religion, culture, or tradition cannot justify imposing rules about dress on those who choose to dress differently. States should take measures to protect individuals from being coerced to dress in specific ways by family members, community or religious groups or leaders."
In many places, women who do not dress in socially and legally proscribed ways are often subjected to violence—in particular, by the authorities (such as the religious police), by family members, or by the community.
The production process also faces huge problems and negative criticisms relating to gender. In the garment industry, approximately 80% of the workers are female. The main reason that majority of garment production is located in Asia is because of the low labor cost. The female was usually treated poorly in factories. They are sexually harassed by managers or other male workers, low paid wages, violating trade unions rights and discrimination against pregnant women. Whether female are pregnant, single, young or old, they are poorly treated in different ways. Plenty of the workers will remain quiet in order to keep their contract and continue working in the factory.
Conscription, or compulsory military service, has been criticized as sexist.:102 Prior to the late 20th century, only men were subjected to conscription,:255 and most countries still require only men to serve in the military.
In his book The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys (2012), philosopher David Benatar states that "[t]he prevailing assumption is that where conscription is necessary, it is only men who should be conscripted and, similarly, that only males should be forced into combat". This, he believes, "is a sexist assumption".:102 Anthropologist Ayse Gül Altinay has commented that "given equal suffrage rights, there is no other citizenship practice that differentiates as radically between men and women as compulsory male conscription".:34
Currently, only nine countries conscript women into their armed forces: China, Eritrea, Israel, Libya, Malaysia, North Korea, Norway, Peru, and Taiwan. Other countries—such as Finland, Turkey, and Singapore—still use a system of conscription which requires military service from only men, although women are permitted to serve voluntarily. In 2014, Norway became the first NATO country to introduce obligatory military service for women as an act of gender equality and in 2015, the Dutch government started preparing a gender-neutral draft law. The gender selective draft has been challenged in the United States.
- Airline sex discrimination policy controversy
- Ambivalent sexism
- Gender apartheid
- Gender bias on Wikipedia
- Separatist feminism
- Equity feminism
- Gender feminism
- Gender discrimination in Pakistan
- Gender egalitarianism
- Gender neutrality
- Glass cliff
- Gender inequality
- Gender polarization
- Hegemonic masculinity
- LGBT stereotypes
- Male privilege
- Men and feminism
- Men's rights movement
- Misogyny in horror films
- Missing women of Asia
- National Organization for Men Against Sexism
- National Organization for Women
- Occupational segregation
- Occupational sexism
- Pink-collar worker
- Rape culture
- Sex differences in humans
- Sex Roles (journal)
- Sex segregation
- Sexism in the technology industry
- Sexism in India
- Sexual division of labour
- Toxic masculinity
- Triple oppression
- Victim blaming
- Wife selling
- Women's rights
- Women in firefighting
- Women in law enforcement
- Women in the workforce
- There is a clear and broad consensus among academic scholars in multiple fields that sexism refers primarily to discrimination against women, and primarily affects women. See, for example:
- "Sexism". New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2010. ISBN 9780199891535. Defines sexism as "prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex".
- "Sexism". Encyclopædia Britannica, Online Academic Edition. 2015. Defines sexism as "prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender, especially against women and girls". Notes that "sexism in a society is most commonly applied against women and girls. It functions to maintain patriarchy, or male domination, through ideological and material practices of individuals, collectives, and institutions that oppress women and girls on the basis of sex or gender."
- Cudd, Ann E.; Jones, Leslie E. (2005). "Sexism". A Companion to Applied Ethics. London: Blackwell. Notes that "'Sexism' refers to a historically and globally pervasive form of oppression against women."
- Masequesmay, Gina (2008). "Sexism". In O'Brien, Jodi. Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. SAGE. Notes that "sexism usually refers to prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender, especially against women and girls". Also states that "sexism is an ideology or practices that maintain patriarchy or male domination".
- Hornsby, Jennifer (2005). "Sexism". In Honderich, Ted. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.). Oxford. Defines sexism as "thought or practice which may permeate language and which assumes women's inferiority to men".
- "Sexism". Collins Dictionary of Sociology. Harper Collins. 2006. Defines sexism as "any devaluation or denigration of women or men, but particularly women, which is embodied in institutions and social relationships."
- "Sexism". Palgrave MacMillan Dictionary of Political Thought. Palgrave MacMillan. 2007. Notes that "either sex may be the object of sexist attitudes... however, it is commonly held that, in developed societies, women have been the usual victims".
- "Sexism". The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Volume 6: The Modern World. Greenwood. 2007. "Sexism is any act, attitude, or institutional configuration that systematically subordinates or devalues women. Built upon the belief that men and women are constitutionally different, sexism takes these differences as indications that men are inherently superior to women, which then is used to justify the nearly universal dominance of men in social and familial relationships, as well as politics, religion, language, law, and economics."
- Foster, Carly Hayden (2011). "Sexism". In Kurlan, George Thomas. The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press. ISBN 9781608712434. Notes that "both men and women can experience sexism, but sexism against women is more pervasive".
- Johnson, Allan G. (2000). "Sexism". The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. Blackwell. Suggests that "the key test of whether something is sexist... lies in its consequences: if it supports male privilege, then it is by definition sexist. I specify 'male privilege' because in every known society where gender inequality exists, males are privileged over females."
- Lorber, Judith (2011). Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics. Oxford University Press. p. 5. Notes that "although we speak of gender inequality, it is usually women who are disadvantaged relative to similarly situated men".
- Wortman, Camille B.; Loftus, Elizabeth S.; Weaver, Charles A (1999). Psychology. McGraw-Hill. "As throughout history, today women are the primary victims of sexism, prejudice directed at one sex, even in the United States."
- Matsumoto, 2001. P.197.
- Nakdimen KA The American Journal of Psychiatry [1984, 141(4):499-503]
- Doob, Christopher B. 2013. Social Inequality and Social Stratification in US Society. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
- Forcible Rape Institutionalized Sexism in the Criminal Justice System| Gerald D. Robin Division of Criminal Justice, University of New Haven
- "Feminism Friday: The origins of the word "sexism"". Finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com. October 19, 2007. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Siegel, Daniel J. (February 16, 2015). The Wise Legacy: How One Professor Transformed the Nation. CreateSpace. p. 54. ISBN 9781507625590. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "PM's sexism rant prompts Australian dictionary rewrite". CNN. October 19, 2012.
- Cohen, Patricia (5 May 2007). "A Split Emerges as Conservatives Discuss Darwin". Retrieved 15 September 2017 – via www.nytimes.com.
- David P. Silverman (2003). Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. pp. 80–84. ISBN 019521952X. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- Stanford Lehmberg (2013). A History of the Peoples of the British Isles: From Prehistoric Times to 1688. Routledge. p. 35. ISBN 1134415281. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- Craig Lockard (2014). Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History. Cengage Learning. pp. 88–89. ISBN 130517707X. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- Eller, Cynthia (2000) The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory Boston: Beacon Press.
- Peter N. Stearns (Narrator). A Brief History of the World Course No. 8080 [Audio CD]. The Teaching Company. ASIN B000W595CC.
- Bruce W. Frier and Thomas A.J. McGinn, A Casebook on Roman Family Law (Oxford University Press: American Philological Association, 2004), pp. 31–32, 457, et passim.
- Wu 吴, Xiaohua 晓华 (2009). "周代男女角色定位及其对现代社会的影响" [Role orientation of men and women in the Zhou Dynasty and their effects on modern society]. Chang'An Daxue Xuebao (Shehui Kexue Ban) (in Chinese). 11 (3): 87.
- The English translation is from this note to Summers' 1928 introduction Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine..
- Thurston 2001. p. 01.
- Barstow, Anne Llewellyn (1994) Witchcraze: A New History of the European Witch Hunts San Francisco: Pandora.
- Thurston 2001. pp. 42-45.
- Kramer and Sprenger. Malleus Malificarum.
- "Saudi woman beheaded for 'witchcraft and sorcery' - CNN.com". CNN. December 14, 2011.
- The World Health Organization. World report on violence and health: Chapter 5 abuse of the elderly Retrieved 17 April 2015 from http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/global_campaign/en/chap5.pdf
- AFP, By Deepesh Shrestha, in Pyutar for. "Witch-hunts of low-caste women in Nepal".
- Iaccino, Ludovica (22 July 2014). "Witch Hunting in India: Poor, Low Caste and Widows Main Targets".
- "Violence Against Women Information".
- Blackstone, William. "Extracts from William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England 1765-1769". Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Legacy '98: Detailed Timeline". Legacy98.org. 2001-09-19. Archived from the original on 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Allwood, Gill (1999). "Women in France" (PDF). Modern and Contemporary France. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04.
- "France's leading women show the way". Parisvoice.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Lesson - The French Civil Code (Napoleonic Code) - Teaching Women's Rights From Past to Present". Womeninworldhistory.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Benhold, K (2010) 20 years after fall of wall, women of former East Germany thrive. The New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from https://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/world/europe/06iht-letter.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
- Trzcinski, E. & Holst, E. (2010) Gender differences in subjective well-being in and out of management positions. Deutsches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung. Retrieve 17 April 2015 from http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.356386.de/dp998.pdf
- "Spain - Social Values And Attitudes". Countrystudies.us. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "The History of Passports in Australia". 14 June 2006. Archived from the original on 14 June 2006.
- Amnesty International (2009) Yemen's dark side: Discrimination and violence against women and girls. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/ngos/Yemen%27s%20darkside-discrimination_Yemen_HRC101.pdf
- "The law states: "The punishment of a wife by her husband, the disciplining by parents and teachers of children under their authority [is permitted] within certain limits prescribed by law or by custom"" (PDF). Law.case.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "THE WAR WITHIN THE WAR". Hrw.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "HANDBOOK FOR LEGISLATION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Supplement to the “Harmful Practices” against Women" (PDF). New York: UN Women. 2012.
- Sfeir, George N. (1 January 1957). "The Tunisian Code of Personal Status (Majallat Al-Ahw Al Al-Shakhsiy Ah)". Middle East Journal. 11 (3): 309–318. JSTOR 4322925. doi:10.2307/4322925 (inactive 2017-09-15).
- "Article 13 reads in French: "Le mari ne peut, s'il n'a pas acquitté la dot, contraindre la femme à la consommation du mariage" http://www.jurisitetunisie.com/tunisie/codes/csp/Csp1015.htm
- "7 raisons pour les hommes et les femmes de remettre en cause le CSP... ou pas". Al Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Nouveaux progrès, mais il ne faut pas pour autant pavoiser". Le Temps. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- FIDH. "Les violences sexuelles en Tunisie : après le déni, un début de (...)". FIDH - Worldwide Human Rights Movement. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- World Organization Against Torture. (2009) Combating extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in the Philippines by addressing their economic, social and cultural root causes. Information submitted to the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights in connection with the exchange of views on the Philippines. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/dv/droi_090121_9omct/DROI_090121_9OMCTen.pdf
- Human Rights Watch. (2012)"I had to run away": The imprisonment of women and girls for "moral crimes" in Afghanistan. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/afghanistan0312webwcover_0.pdf
- "More Afghan women jailed for 'moral crimes', says HRW - BBC News". Bbc.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Smt. Saroj Rani vs Sudarshan Kumar Chadha on 8 August, 1984". Indiankanoon.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
-  Archived April 2, 2015, at Archive.is
- "Manupatra Articles". Manupatrafast.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Equality Now (2007) Protecting the girl child: Using the law to end child, early and forced marriage and related human rights violations. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from http://www.equalitynow.org/sites/default/files/Protecting_the_Girl_Child.pdf
- Lelieveld, M. (2011) Child protection in the Somali region of Ethiopia. A report for the BRIDGES project Piloting the delivery of quality education services in the developing regional states of Ethiopia. Retrieved 17 April 2015 from http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/FINALChild_Protection_in_the_Somali_Region_30511.pdf
- Stange, Mary Zeiss, and Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan (2011). Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, Volume 1. SAGE. p. 496. ISBN 9781412976855.
- Pillay, N. (2012) Valuing women as autonomous beings: Women's sexual reproductive health rights. United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from http://www.chr.up.ac.za/images/files/news/news_2012/Navi%20Pillay%20Lecture%2015%20May%202012.pdf
- "Timeline of Women’s Suffrage Granted, by Country". Infoplease. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "The Long Way to Women's Right to Vote in Switzerland: a Chronology". History-switzerland.geschichte-schweiz.ch. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- "United Nations press release of a meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), issued on 14 January 2003". Un.org. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
- Jean-Pierre Maury. "Ordonnance du 21 avril 1944 relative à l'organisation des pouvoirs publics en France après la Libération". Mjp.univ-perp.fr. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- Assemblée nationale. "La citoyenneté politique des femmes – La décision du Général de Gaulle" (in French). Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- Kerstin Teske: firstname.lastname@example.org. "European Database: Women in Decision-making - Country Report Greece". db-decision.de.
- "BBC News - Timeline: Liechtenstein". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Liechtenstein Women Win Right to Vote". The New York Times. 2 July 1984.
- Kittilson, Miki Caul; Fridkin, Kim (2008). "Gender, Candidate Portrayals and Election Campaigns: A Comparative Perspective". Politics & Gender. 4 (3). ISSN 1743-923X. doi:10.1017/S1743923X08000330.
- Chen, Lanyan (2009). The Gendered Reality of Migrant Workers in Globalizing China. Ottawa: The University of Ottawa. pp. 186–207. ISBN 978-0-7766-0709-2.
- Manstead, A. S. R.; Hewstone, Miles; et al. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass., USA: Blackwell, 1999, 1995, pp. 256 – 57, ISBN 978-0-631-22774-8.
- Wagner, David G.; Berger, Joseph (1997). "Gender and Interpersonal Task Behaviors: Status Expectation Accounts.". Sociological Perspectives. 40 (1): 1–32. doi:10.2307/1389491.
- Williams, John E. and Deborah L. Best. Measuring Sex Stereotypes: A Multinational Study. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1990, ISBN 978-0-8039-3815-1.
- Thoman, Dustin B.; White, Paul H.; Yamawaki, Niwako; Koishi, Hirofumi (2008). "Variations of Gender–math Stereotype Content Affect Women's Vulnerability to Stereotype Threat". Sex Roles. 58 (9–10): 702–12. doi:10.1007/s11199-008-9390-x.
- Fortin, Nicole, "Gender Role Attitudes and the Labour Market Outcomes of Women Across OECD Countries", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2005, 21, 416–438.
- "Sexism in Language". Online.santarosa.edu. 2014-12-23. Archived from the original on 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Sexism In Language - Reading - Postscript". Linguarama.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Dale Spender. "Man Made Language by Dale Spender". Marxists.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Mills, S. (2008) Language and sexism. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- Kennison, S.; Trofe, J. (2003). "Comprehending Pronouns: A Role for Word-Specific Gender Stereotype Information". Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 32 (3): 355–378.
- Mille, Katherine Wyly and Paul McIlvenny. "Gender and Spoken Interaction: A Survey of Feminist Theories and Sociolinguistic Research in the United States and Britain." "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- Ruthven, K.K. "Feminist literary studies: an introduction." http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples/cam034/90034404.pdf
- "Against the Theory of "Sexist Language"". Friesian.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Sayare, S. (2012) 'Mademoiselle' exits official France. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/europe/france-drops-mademoiselle-from-official-use.html?_r=0
- "Mexico advises workers on sexist language - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Carson, Culley Jane (1 January 1993). "Attacking a Legacy of Sexist Grammar in the French Class: A Modest Beginning". Feminist Teacher. 7 (2): 34–36. JSTOR 40545648.
- Nandi, Jacinta (2011-03-05). "Grappling with language sexism". Blogs.reuters.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Osel, Johann. "Gleichberechtigung im Studium: Studenten, äh, Studierende" – via Sueddeutsche.de.
- Osel, ibid.
- Tan, Dali (1 January 1990). "Sexism in the Chinese Language". NWSA Journal. 2 (4): 635–639. JSTOR 4316075.
- Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying : quick guide. (PDF). Great Britain Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2009-01-01. OCLC 663427461. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-16.
- Mills College Transgender Best Practices Taskforce & Gender Identity and Expression Sub-Committee of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee. Report on Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students Best Practices, Assessment and Recommendations. Oakland, Calif.: Mills College, February 2013, p. 9.
- Anti-transgender Language Commentary: Trans Progressive by Autumn Sandeen San Diego, Calif.: San Diego LGBT Weekly, February 3, 2011.
- Gordon, Suzanne (2006). Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care. Cornell University Press. p. 34.
- OECD. OECD Employment Outlook - 2008 Edition Summary in English. OECD, Paris, 2008, p. 3-4.
- OECD. OECD Employment Outlook. Chapter 3: The Price of Prejudice: Labour Market Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender and Ethnicity. OECD, Paris, 2008.
- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Facts About Compensation Discrimination". Retrieved 2008-04-23.
- Janice D. Yoder (1991): Rethinking Tokenism: Looking beyond Numbers. Gender and Society, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1991), pp. 178-192
- Lynn Zimmer (1988): Tokenism and Women in the Workplace: The Limits of Gender-Neutral Theory" Social Problems, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Feb., 1988), pp. 64-77.Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
- Folbre, Nancy. The Anti-Mommy Bias. New York Times, March 26, 2009.
- Goodman, Ellen. A third gender in the workplace. Boston Globe, May 11, 2007.
- Cahn, Naomi and June Carbone. Five myths about working mothers. The Washington Post, May 30, 2010.
- Young, Lauren. The Motherhood Penalty: Working Moms Face Pay Gap Vs. Childless Peers. Bloomsberg Businessweek, June 05, 2009.
- Correll, Shelley, Stephen Benard, In Paik (2007.) Getting a job: Is there a motherhood penalty? American Journal of Sociology, Vol 112, No. 5, pp. 1297-1338, doi:10.1086/511799.
- News.cornell.edu. Mothers face disadvantages in getting hired. August 4, 2005.
- Wendy M. Williams (2015). "National hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112 (17): 5360–5365. Bibcode:2015PNAS..112.5360W. doi:10.1073/pnas.1418878112. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Sarah Kaplan (14 April 2015). "Study finds, surprisingly, that women are favored for jobs in STEM". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Baert, S., De Pauw, A.-S., Deschacht, N. (Forthcoming) [Do Employer Preferences Contribute to Sticky Floors?] Industrial & Labor Relations Review.[not in citation given]
- Petit, P. (2007) The effects of age and family constraints on gender hiring discrimination: A field experiment in the French financial sector. Labour Economics, 14, 371-391.
- Weichselbaumer, D. (2004) Is it sex or personality? The impact of sex stereotypes on discrimination in applicant selection. Eastern Economic Journal, 30, 159-186.
- European Commission. The situation in the EU. Retrieved on August 19, 2011.
- U.S. Census Bureau. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009. Current Population Reports, P60-238, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010, pp. 7 and 50.
- Institute for Women's Policy Research. The Gender Wage Gap: 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- Štěpán Jurajda (2005): Gender Segregation and Wage Gap: An East-West Comparison. Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 3, No. 2/3, Papers and Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Apr. - May 2005), pp. 598-607 Published by: The MIT Press on behalf of European Economic Association.
- Joseph E. Zveglich, Jr. and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers (2004): Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in a Dynamic East Asian Economy. Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Apr., 2004), pp. 850-875 Published by: Southern Economic Association.
- Christopher J. Gerry, Byung-Yeon Kim and Carmen A. Li (2004): The Gender Wage Gap and Wage Arrears in Russia: Evidence from the RLMS. Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 267-288 Published by: Springer.
- The Open University: Learning Space."Economics Explains Discrimination in the Labour Market." Accessed June 29, 2012
- Gyeongjoon Yoo (2003): Women in the Workplace: Gender and Wage Differentials. Social Indicators Research, Vol. 62/63, The Quality of Life in Korea: Comparative and Dynamic Perspectives (Apr., 2003), pp. 365, 367-385 Published by: Springer.
- Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever 2003 Princeton UP. First chapter online: http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i7575.pdf
- United States Congress Joint Economic Committee. Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy. Washington, DC, December 2010, p. 80.
- National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling. The impact of a sustained gender wage gap on the economy. Archived 2010-12-01 at the Wayback Machine. Report to the Office for Women, Department of Families, Community Services, Housing and Indigenous Affairs, 2009, p. v-vi.
- Ian Watson (2010). Decomposing the Gender Pay Gap in the Australian Managerial Labour Market. Archived 2011-03-06 at the Wayback Machine. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 49-79.
- Carman, Diane. Why do men earn more? Just because. Denver Post, April 24, 2007.
- Arnst, Cathy. Women and the pay gap. Bloomberg Businessweek, April 27, 2007.
- American Management Association. Bridging the Gender Pay Gap. October 17, 2007.
- Dey, Judy Goldberg and Catherine Hill. Behind the Pay Gap. Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, April 2007.
- Morrison, Megan. "Persistent Pay Gap Affects Women Just One Year Out of College" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2009. Report 1025, June 2010.
- "Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: The Wage Gap". Swift Economics. September 21, 2009. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- OECD (2002). Employment Outlook, Chapter 2: Women at work: who are they and how are they faring? Paris: OECD 2002.
- Hilary M. Lips (7 September 2009). "Blaming Women's Choices for the Gender Pay Gap". WomensMedia. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013.
- Cavalcanti, Tiago; Tavares, José (2016-02-01). "The Output Cost of Gender Discrimination: A Model-based Macroeconomics Estimate". The Economic Journal. 126 (590): 109–134. ISSN 1468-0297. doi:10.1111/ecoj.12303.
- "The Wage Gap Myth". NCPA. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- T.D.Stanley and Stephen B. Jarrell: Gender Wage Discrimination Bias? A Meta-Regression Analysis. The Journal of Human Resources, Vol XXXIII,4. P. 67.
- David A. Cotter, Joan M. Hermsen, Seth Ovadia and Reeve Vanneman (2001): The Glass Ceiling Effect" Social Forces, Vol. 80, No. 2 (Dec., 2001), pp. 655-681 Published by: Oxford University Press.
- David A. Matsa and Amalia R. Miller (2011): Chipping away at the Glass Ceiling: Gender Spillovers in Corporate Leadership. American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 2011, 101:3, 635–639.
- John M. McDowell, Larry D. Singell, Jr., and James P. Ziliak (1999): Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: Gender and Promotion in the Economics Profession. The American Economic Review, Vol. 89, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the One Hundred Eleventh Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (May 1999), pp. 392-396 Published by: American Economic Association.
- Steven C. McKay (2006): Hard Drives and Glass Ceilings: Gender Stratification in High-Tech Production. Gender and Society, Vol. 20, No. 2, Apr 2006, pp 207 – 235. Published by Sage Publications, Inc.
- "Women still struggle to break through glass ceiling in government, business, academia" (PDF). United Nations. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- Roehling, Patricia V., Mark V. Roehling, Jeffrey D. Vandlen, Justin Blazek, William C. Guy (2009). Weight discrimination and the glass ceiling effect among top US CEOs. Equal Opportunity International, Vol. 28, Iss. 2, pp.179 - 196, doi:10.1108/02610150910937916.
- Moult, Julie. Women's careers more tied to weight than men -- study. Herald Sun, April 11, 2009.
- Badgett, M.L., Lau, H., Sears, B., & Ho, D. (2007) Bias in the Workplace: Consistent Evidence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. Los Angeles: The Williams Institute. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/workplace/bias-in-the-workplace-consistent-evidence-of-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-discrimination/
- Steinmetz, Katy (12 January 2015). "Does Saks have the legal right to fire a transgender employee?". TIME magazine. Fortune. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Rupp, Shannon (2007-02-03). "Transsexual Loses Fight with Women's Shelter | The Tyee". The Tyee. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Feminist Perspectives on Objectification". stanford.edu.
- Goh-Mah, Joy. "The Objectification of Women - It Goes Much Further Than Sexy Pictures". Huffpost Lifestyle. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Nussbaum, Martha (1995). "Objectification". Philosophy & Public Affairs. 24 (4): 249–291. doi:10.1111/j.1088-4963.1995.tb00032.x. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Rae Langton (February 15, 2009). Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification, 1st Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 228–229. ISBN 978-0199551453.
- Fredrickson, Barbara L.; Roberts, Tomi-Ann (1997). "OBJECTIFICATION THEORY.". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 21 (2): 173–206. ISSN 0361-6843. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6402.1997.tb00108.x.
- Zimmerman, Amanda; Dahlberg, John (2008). "The sexual objectification of women in advertising: A contemporary cultural perspective". Journal of Advertising Research. 48 (1): 71–79. doi:10.2501/s0021849908080094.
- Holmes, Stephanie (25 April 2008). "Scandinavian split on sexist ads". BBC News. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- Israeli Penal Law 5737 - 1977: Obscene publication and display (PDF) (6th ed.). OECD. pp. 70–71. Retrieved 26 February 2015. (English translation)
- MacKinnon, Catharine (1987). Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. 147.
- Papadaki, Evangelia. "Feminist Perspectives on Objectification". The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Andrea Dworkin; Catharine A. MacKinnon (August 1988). Pornography and civil rights: a new day for women's equality. Organizing Against Pornography. ISBN 978-0-9621849-0-1.
- Morgan, Robin. (1974). "Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape". In: Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist. (1977). Random House. 333 p. ISBN 0-394-48227-1. (1978 ed, ISBN 0-394-72612-X.)
- Jeffries, Stuart (2006-04-12). "Are women human? (interview with Catharine MacKinnon)". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- Shrage, Laurie. (2007-07-13). "Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets: Pornography". In: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Mackinnon, Catherine A. (1984) "Not a moral issue." Yale Law and Policy Review 2:321-345. Reprinted in: Mackinnon (1989). Toward a Feminist Theory of the State Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-89645-9 (1st ed), ISBN 0-674-89646-7 (2nd ed). "Sex forced on real women so that it can be sold at a profit to be forced on other real women; women's bodies trussed and maimed and raped and made into things to be hurt and obtained and accessed, and this presented as the nature of women; the coercion that is visible and the coercion that has become invisible—this and more grounds the feminist concern with pornography"
- "A Conversation With Catherine MacKinnon (transcript)". Think Tank. 1995. PBS. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- Jeffries, Stuart (April 12, 2006). "Stuart Jeffries talks to leading feminist Catharine MacKinnon". The Guardian. London.
- Bader, Michael (October 27, 2008). "The Great Porn Misunderstanding: Pornography Is Mostly About Fantasy, Not Reality". Alternet. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
-  Archived January 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Prostitution – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "Prostitution Law & Legal Definition". US Legal. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Sullivan, Barbara (2007). "Rape, Prostitution and Consent". The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 40 (2): 127–142. doi:10.1375/acri.40.2.127.
In common law jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, some of the evidentiary jurisprudence clearly linked chastity with veracity. So women who were or had been sex workers, those who were ‘rumoured’ to be prostitutes or who were simply promiscuous and behaving ‘like a prostitute’ lacked credibility as complainants, which made it difficult for the prosecution to prove the sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt. Women in any of these categories were seen at law as ‘commonly available’ to men, as always consenting to sexual activity and thus, as not able to be raped. Men accused of sexual assault were therefore able to use evidence of prostitution to defend themselves, to undermine the credibility of rape complainants and to successfully avoid conviction.
- "Redefining Prostitution as Sex Work on the International Agenda".
- "Readings on Prostitution" (PDF).
- Julie Bindel. "Julie Bindel: Eradicate the oldest oppression - UK news - The Guardian". the Guardian.
- Julie Bindel. "Ending a trade in misery". the Guardian.
- "The Industrial Vagina". Google.ro. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "European Women's Lobby : Prostitution in Europe : 60 Years of Reluctance". womenslobby.eu.
- "The Sexual Contract". Google.ro. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Cole, E., & Henderson Daniel, J. (Eds.). (2005). Featuring females: Feminist analyses of media. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/11213-000
- Halliwell, E.; Malson, H.; Tischner, I. (2011). "Are contemporary media images which seem to display women as sexually empowering actually harmful to women?". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 35: 34–45. doi:10.1177/0361684310385217.
- Entman, R., & Rojecki, A. (2000). The Black image in the White mind: Media and race in America. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
- Douglas, J., Susan (2010). The Rise of Enlightened Sexism New York, NY: St. Martins Press.
- Watson, L. B.; Robinson, D.; Dispenza, F.; Nazari, N. (2012). "African American women's sexual objectification experiences: A qualitative study". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 36 (4): 227–239. doi:10.1177/0361684312454724.
- Rendon, M. J.; Nicolas, G. (2012). "Deconstructing the portrayals of Haitian women in the media: A thematic analysis of images in the Associated Press Photo Archive". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 36 (2): 227–239. doi:10.1177/0361684311429110.
- Daniel, Samantha; Bridges, Sara K. (2010). "The drive for muscularity in men: Media influences and objectification theory". Body Image. 7 (1): 32–38. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.08.003.
- Magazine exposure: Internalization, self-objectification, eating attitudes, and body satisfaction in male and female university students. Morry, Marian M.; Staska, Sandra L. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, Vol 33(4), Oct 2001, 269-279
- Attenborough, Frederick T. (2014). "Jokes, pranks, blondes and banter: recontextualising sexism in the British print press". Journal of Gender Studies. Taylor and Francis. 23 (2): 137–154. doi:10.1080/09589236.2013.774269. Pdf.
- Ford, Thomas E.; Boxer, Christie F.; Armstrong, Jacob; Edel, Jessica R. (2007). "More Than "Just a Joke": The Prejudice Releasing Function of Sexist Humor". Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 34 (2): 159–170. doi:10.1177/0146167207310022.
- R40934. "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment: A Legal Analysis of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (" (PDF).
- Feder, Jody & Cynthia Brougher (July 15, 2013). "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment: A Legal Analysis of the Employment Non_Discrimination Act (ENDA)" (PDF). Fas.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- 5. Kimmel, Michael S. 2004. The Gendered Society. 2d ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.
- 6. Macklem, Tony. 2004. Beyond Comparison: Sex and Discrimination. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press.
- "Employment Non-Discrimination Act | Resources | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- 1. Hurst, C. Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences. Sixth Edition. 2007. 131, 139–142
- Serano, Julia (2007). Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press. ISBN 978-0-786-74791-7.
- Pedersen, Paul; Lonner, Walter; Draguns, Juris; Trimble, Joseph; Scharrón-del Río, María, eds. (2015). Counseling Across Cultures (7th ed.). United States of America: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781452217529.
- 10. "Transgender." UC Berkekely Online. Available (online): http://geneq.berkeley.edu/lgbt_resources_definiton_of_terms#transgender
- 8. "The EEOC Rules that Transgender Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination." Justia.com: Available (online): http://verdict.justia.com/2012/05/01/the-eeoc-rules-that-transgender-discrimination-is-sex-discrimination#sthash.OzR6wVcG.dpuf
- "the Survey". Endtransdiscrimination.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "the Survey". End Trans Discrimination. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Miller, Lisa R.; Grollman, Eric Anthony (2015). "The Social Costs of Gender Nonconformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health". Sociological Forum. 30 (3): 809–831. PMID 27708501. doi:10.1111/socf.12193.
- Dobash, R. P.; Dobash, R. E.; Wilson, M.; Daly, M. (1992). "The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence". Social Problems. 39: 71. doi:10.1525/sp.1992.39.1.03x0064l.
- Compton, Michael T. (2010). Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health (1st ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-58562-347-1.
Women are more often the victims of domestic violence than men and are more likely to suffer injuries and health consequences...
- Brinkerhoff, David B.; Lynn K. White; Suzanne T. Ortega; Rose Weitz (2008). Essentials of Sociology (7th ed.). Thomson/Wadsworth. p. 13. ISBN 0-495-09636-9.
A conflict analysis of domestic violence, for example, would begin by noting that women are battered far more often and far more severely than are men...
- "A/RES/48/104. Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women". Un.org. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left". CNN. October 19, 2010. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "The Penal Code of Northern Nigeria". Equalitynow.org. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Maris, Cees; Sawitri Saharso (2001). "Honour Killing: A Case for Cultural Defense?". Pluralism and Law: Proceedings of the 20th IVR World Congress, Amsterdam, 2001. 3: 108.
- "BBC - Ethics - Honour crimes". bbc.co.uk.
- "Shocking gay honor killing inspires movie - CNN.com". CNN. January 13, 2012.
- "Iraqi immigrant convicted in Arizona 'honor killing' awaits sentence". CNN. February 23, 2011.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2010) Handbook on effective police responses to violence against women. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from http://www.unodc.org/documents/justice-and-prison-reform/hb_eff_police_responses.pdf
- Working towards the elimination of crimes against women committed in the name of honour: Report of the Secretary-General. 2 July 2002. United Nations General Assembly.
- Hussain, Zahid (2008-09-05). "Three teenagers buried alive in 'honour killings'". Times Online. London. Retrieved 2008-09-05.(subscription required)
- "Pakistani women buried alive 'for choosing husbands'". Telegraph. London. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- "Outrage Over Iran Human Rights Official's Defense of Stoning". Abcnews.go.com. November 19, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Violence Against Women Information". Amnesty International USA.
- "What is gender-based violence?". EIGE.
- "BBC - Ethics - Abortion: Female infanticide". bbc.co.uk.
- "Gender-based violence". GSDRC.org. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Bryant, Nick (August 18, 2007). "Girls at risk amid India's prosperity". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Female Infanticide". Retrieved September 24, 2013.[dead link]
- "Missing: 50 million Indian girls". The New York Times. November 25, 2005
- "Estimation of the Number of Missing Females in China: 1900-2000". Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- GOODKIND, DANIEL (1999-01-01). "Should prenatal sex selection be restricted? Ethical questions and their implications for research and policy". Population Studies. 53 (1): 49–61. ISSN 0032-4728. doi:10.1080/00324720308069.
- Goodkind, Daniel (1999). "Should Prenatal Sex Selection be Restricted?: Ethical Questions and Their Implications for Research and Policy". Population Studies. 53 (1): 49–61. JSTOR 2584811. doi:10.1080/00324720308069.
- A. Gettis, J. Getis, and J. D. Fellmann (2004). Introduction to Geography, Ninth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 200. ISBN 0-07-252183-X
- Canadian Medical Association Journal (2011, March 14). The impact of sex selection and abortion in China, India and South Korea. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 26, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2011/03/110314132244.ht
- "Uzbekistan's policy of secretly sterilising women". BBC News. April 12, 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "BBC Radio 4 - Crossing Continents, Forced Sterilisation in Uzbekistan". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "China 'one-child' policy: Mother of 2 dies after forced sterilization - GlobalPost". GlobalPost.
- "Everything you need to know about human rights. | Amnesty International". Amnesty.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Explainer: What was China's one-child policy?". 29 October 2015 – via www.bbc.com.
- Jian, Ma (6 May 2013). "China's barbaric one-child policy" – via The Guardian.
- Kirti Singh (August 2013). "Laws and Son Preference in India: A Reality Check" (PDF). United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-13.
- "WHO - Female genital mutilation". Who.int. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Texts adopted - Thursday, 6 February 2014 - Elimination of female genital mutilation - P7_TA(2014)0105". Europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Lisak, D.; Roth, S. (1988). "Motivational factors in nonincarcerated sexually aggressive men". J Pers Soc Psychol. 55 (5): 795–802. PMID 3210146. doi:10.1037/0022-35220.127.116.115.
- Sanday, Peggy Reeves (1981). "The Socio-Cultural Context of Rape: A Cross-Cultural Study". Journal of Social Issues. 37 (4): 5–27. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.1981.tb01068.x.
- Odem, Mary E.;; Clay-Warner, Jody (1998). Confronting rape and sexual assault. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-8420-2599-7.
- Brownmiller, Susan (1975). Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. New York: Penguin Books, Limited. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-14-013986-0.
- Bohmer, Carol (1991). "Acquaintance rape and the law". In Parrot, Andrea; Bechhofer, Laurie. Acquaintance rape: the hidden crime. New York: Wiley. pp. 317–333. ISBN 978-0-471-51023-9.
- World Health Organization. World report on violence and health. Chapter 6: Sexual violence. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2002/9241545615_chap6_eng.pdf?ua=1
- "Libya rape victims 'face honour killings'". BBC News. June 14, 2011. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology". Google.ro. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Thailand passes marital rape bill". 21 June 2007 – via bbc.co.uk.
- "BBC News - Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "The Nation: The Plight of Women Soldiers". NPR.org. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Why Soldiers Rape". Inthesetimes.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Storr, Will (16 July 2011). "The rape of men". The Observer. London. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Family planning - UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Paul Hunt; Judith Bueno de Mesquita. "Reducing Maternal Mortality" (PDF).
- "El Salvador: Where women may be jailed for miscarrying". BBC News. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "El Salvador must release women imprisoned after pregnancy related complications".
- "Nicaragua abortion ban 'cruel and inhuman disgrace'". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "El Salvador: Total ban on abortion is killing women and girls and condemning others to decades behind bars". Amnesty International USA. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Women's Lives, Women's Rights Campaigning for Maternal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights" (PDF). Amnesty International.
- "Child marriage". UNICEF. 22 October 2014.
- "Q & A: Child Marriage and Violations of Girls' Rights - Human Rights Watch". Hrw.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Dowry and abuse still a problem in India". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "I have a right to - BBC World Service". bbc.co.uk.
- "Nigeria's child brides: 'I thought being in labour would never end'". The Guardian. September 9, 2013.
- "BBC News - Morocco protest after raped Amina Filali kills herself". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Ethiopia: Revenge of the abducted bride". BBC News. June 18, 1999. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "IRIN Africa - ETHIOPIA: Surviving forced marriage - Ethiopia - Children - Gender Issues". IRINnews.
- Pathfinder International/Ethiopia (2006) Report on causes and consequences of early marriage in Amhara region. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- "from the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) | Gender equality". UNICEF.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "I have a right to | BBC World Service". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Codifying Repression | Human Rights Watch". Hrw.org. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "The Islamic Penal Code of 2013, Books I, II and V". Equalitynow.org. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
-  Archived June 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Kate Fitz-Gibbon (2012-08-01). "Provocation in New South Wales: The need for abolition". Anj.sagepub.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Thousands of Women Killed for Family "Honor"". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls" (PDF). Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. August 2013.
- McCormack, Simon (September 11, 2012). "Men Sentenced To Longer Prison Terms Than Women For Same Crimes, Study Says". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Study finds large gender disparities in federal criminal cases". Law.umich.edu. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "STUDIES: Gender Bias in Death Sentencing". Deathpenaltyinfo.org. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Pearson, Patricia (1998). When She Was Bad: How and Why Women Get Away With Murder. New York: Penguin Books. pp. 236–239. ISBN 0140243887.
- "Unlike race and ethnic discrimination, however, the evidence is more consistent that part of this gap is due to different treatment of offenders based on their gender.""Chapter Four: Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities In Federal Sentencing Today" (PDF). Ussc.gov. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Barron, Phillip (2000). "Gender Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty System". Radical Philosophy Review. 3 (1): 89–96. doi:10.5840/radphilrev20003110.
- "Unlike race and ethnic discrimination, however, the evidence is more consistent that part of this gap is due to different treatment of offenders based on their gender.""Real life Sophia Bursets Transgender Women face a nightmare in Men's Prisons". Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "Amnesty International - Iran: Death by stoning, a grotesque and unacceptable penalty". amnesty.org. 15 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013.
- Butcher, Kristin F.; Park, Kyung H.; Piehl, Anne Morrison (2017-01-01). "Comparing Apples to Oranges: Differences in Women’s and Men’s Incarceration and Sentencing Outcomes".
- Solomon, Barbara Miller. In the Company of Educated Women.
- Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory.
- Ecklund, Elaine Howard; Lincoln, Anne E.; Tansey, Cassandra (2012). "Gender Segregation in Elite Academic Science" (PDF). Gender & Society. 26 (5): 693–717. doi:10.1177/0891243212451904.
- Fox, M. Sonnert G. and Nikiforova, I., 2011, Programs for Undergraduate Women in Science and Engineering: Issues, Problems, and Solutions, Gender and Society, 25 vol., p. 590
- Pollack, E. (2013) Why are there still so few women in science?. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015 from https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/magazine/why-are-there-still-so-few-women-in-science.html?_r=1&
- "The World Factbook". cia.gov.
- "Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk by going to school - CNN.com". CNN. August 2, 2012.
- "Making Room for Girls" (2013), Retrieved from https://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2013/11/gender-inequality.
- JAYACHANDRAN S. AND LLERAS-MUNEY A., 2009, Life expectancy and human capital investments: evidence from material mortality declines, available at http://qje.oxfordjournals.org/
- National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2005/2005028.pdf
- "The Crossover in Female-Male College Enrollment Rates". Prb.org. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Halpern, Diane F. Sex differences in cognitive abilities. Laurence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. ISBN 0-8058-2792-7. Page 259.
- Sadker, Myra, and David Sadker. "Confronting Sexism in the College Classroom." In Gender in the Classroom: Power and Pedagogy. Ed. Susan L. Gabriel and Isaiah Smithson. Page 177.
- Sadker, Myra, and David Sadker. "Failing at Fairness: Hidden Lessons." In Mapping the social landscape: readings in sociology. Ed. Sandra J. Ferguson, Susan J. Ferguson. Taylor & Francies, 1999. ISBN 0-7674-0616-8. Page 350.
- Garibaldi, Gerry. "How the Schools Shortchange Boys". City-journal.org. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Abraham, Carolyn (August 23, 2012). "Part 3: Are we medicating a disorder or treating boyhood as a disease?". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Teachers 'give higher marks to girls'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Boring, Anne; Po-OFCE, Sciences; (France), LEDa DIAL (2017). "Gender Biases in Student Evaluations of Teaching". Journal of Public Economics. 145: 27. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2016.11.006.
- Jeffreys, Sheila (2005). Beauty and Misogyny:Harmful cultural practices in the west (PDF). East Sussex: Taylor & Francis e-Library. ISBN 0-203-69856-8. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Hollows, Joanne (2000). Feminism, Femininity and Popular Culture. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. p. 139. ISBN 0-7190-4394-8. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- Bindel, Julie (January 24, 2012). "Julie Bindel: Boys aren't born wanting to wear blue". The Independent. London.
- Maglaty, Jeanne (7 April 2011). "When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?". Smithsonian (magazine). Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Should we not dress girls in pink?". BBC News. January 8, 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Melanie Scheussler suggests a date of post-1540 for England, France, and the Low Countries; see Scheussler, "'She Hath Over Grown All that She Ever Hath': Children's Clothing in the Lisle Letters, 1533-40", in Netherton, Robin, and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, editors, Medieval Clothing and Textiles, Volume 3, p. 185. Before roughly this date various styles of long robes were in any case commonly worn by adult males of various sorts, so boys wearing them could probably not be said to form a distinct phenomenon.
- Baumgarten, Linda: What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America, p. 166
- Women’s right to choose their dress, free of coercion, Amnesty International, 2011
- "Iran to intensify dress crackdown". BBC News. July 15, 2007.
- "Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue". BBC News. March 15, 2002. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Davelaar, Geertjan. "Gender: Women workers mistreated — Clean Clothes Campaign". cleanclothes.org. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
- ""Work Faster or Get Out"". Human Rights Watch. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
- Benatar, David (2012-05-07). The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys. John Wiley & Sons (published May 15, 2012). ISBN 978-0-470-67451-2. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Berlatsky, Noah (May 29, 2013). "When Men Experience Sexism". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Goldstein, Joshua S. (2003). "War and Gender: Men's War Roles – Boyhood and Coming of Age". In Ember, Carol R.; Ember, Melvin Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures. Volume 1. Springer. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-306-47770-6. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Kronsell, Anica (June 29, 2006). "Methods for studying silence: The 'silence' of Swedish conscription". In Ackerly, Brooke A.; Stern, Maria; True, Jacqui Feminist Methodologies for International Relations. Cambridge University Press. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-139-45873-3. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Selmeski, Brian R. (2007). Multicultural Citizens, Monocultural Men: Indigineity, Masculinity, and Conscription in Ecuador. Syracuse University: ProQuest. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-549-40315-9. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Joenniemi, Pertti (2006). The Changing Face of European Conscription. Ashgate Publishing. pp. 142–149. ISBN 978-0-754-64410-1. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Altinay, Ayse Gül (2004-12-09). The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender, and Education in Turkey. Palgrave Macmillan (published December 10, 2004). ISBN 978-1-403-97936-0.
- "INDEPTH: FEMALE SOLDIERS – Women in the military — international". CBC News. May 30, 2006. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Koranyi, Balazs; Fouche, Gwladys (June 14, 2014). Char, Pravin, ed. "Norway becomes first NATO country to draft women into military". Oslo, Norway. Reuters. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Women in the Armed Forces". Norwegian Armed Forces. October 27, 2014. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- "Kaderwet dienstplicht wordt aangepast voor vrouwen". Rijksoverheid. 2 February 2016.
- Angelluci, Marc E. (April 13, 2013). "National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System" (PDF). National Coalition for Men. United States Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 21, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Atwell, Mary Welek. 2002. Equal Protection of the Law?: Gender and Justice in the United States. New York: P. Lang.
- Benatar, David. The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men And Boys. 2012. John Wiley & Sons Inc., West Sussex, UK; ISBN 978-0-470-67446-8
- Bojarska, Katarzyna (2012). ""Responding to lexical stimuli with gender associations: A Cognitive–Cultural Model"". Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 32: 46. doi:10.1177/0261927X12463008..
- Cudd, Ann E.; Andreasen, Robin O. (2005). Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology. Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 9781405116619. Part II What is Sexism? pp. 69–114.
- Cudd, Ann E.; Jones, Leslie E. (2005), "Sexism", in Frey, R.G.; Heath Wellman, Christopher, A companion to applied ethics, Blackwell Companions to Philosophy, Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 102–117, ISBN 9781405133456, doi:10.1002/9780470996621.ch8.
- "Discrimination against Transgender People." ACLU. Available (online) : https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/discrimination-against-transgender-people"Discrimination against Transgender People." ACLU. Available (online) : https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/discrimination-against-transgender-people
- "Employment Non-Discrimination Act". Human Rights Campaign. Available (online): http://www.hrc.org/laws-and-legislation/federal-legislation/employment-non-discrimination-act
- Feder, Jody and Cynthia Brougher. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment: A Legal Analysis of the Employment
- Haberfeld, Yitchak. "Employment Discrimination: An Organizational Model."
- Hurst, C. Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences. Sixth Edition. 2007. 131, 139–142
- Macklem, Tony. 2004. Beyond Comparison: Sex and Discrimination. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press.
- Matsumoto, David. "The Handbook of Culture and Psychology" Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-19-513181-9.
- Non_Discrimination Act (ENDA)." July 15, 2013. Available (online): www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40934.pdf
- Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez, Math on trial. How numbers get used and abused in the courtroom, Basic Books, 2013. ISBN 978-0-465-03292-1. (Sixth chapter: "Math error number 6: Simpson's paradox. The Berkeley sex bias case: discrimination detection").
- "Transgender." UC Berkekely Online. Available (online): http://geneq.berkeley.edu/lgbt_resources_definiton_of_terms#transgender ↑ ↑ "Discrimination against Transgender People." ACLU. Available (online) : https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/discrimination-against-transgender-people
- Management Journal 35.1 (1992): 161-180. Business Source Complete.
- Kail, R., & Cavanaugh, J. (2010). Human Growth and Development (5 ed.). Belmont, Ca: Wadworth Learning.