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Sexism in Academia

No matter what anyone says, it should truly be impossible to deny that sexism is highly prevalent in today’s society. There might be some who would argue (as I have witnessed men do in the past) that society is actually much better off than it used to be.

And while this might be true to an extent, in some cases, it would be a mistake to claim that all sexism and misogyny has been wholly eradicated from society.

In fact, while casual sexism exists in the world and can be seen on a daily basis (and even on the airwaves still, too, with shows like Kevin Can Wait on CBS that seem to have the intention of leaving network sitcoms in the same place that they were in back in the 1950s (one notable exception would, of course, be the unusually progressive I Love Lucy)).

However, in the realm of academia, sexism is even stronger, as it seems like women are actively discouraged from pursuing positions and careers in the worlds of things like legal studies and STEM opportunities.

One particular factor of this is the ways in which people discuss professors they have. Male professors are typically regarded, in certain studies, as boasting many positive adjectives like “brilliant,” whereas women are relegated to negative adjectives that seem gender-exclusive, like “shrill.”

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