In the wake of the American women’s success in World Cup soccer, the Washington Post took the opportunity to charge Great Britain with sexism. The charge was prompted by the Brits’ national organization congratulating the women’s team for making it to the semifinals with the following tweet:
- “Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.”
According to the Post, the tweet is sexist because it was not something that would ever be said about a men’s team.
I agree that something like that probably was not uttered to men on the Golden State Warriors as they returned home from winning the NBA title in Cleveland, but does that make it sexist?
According to Merriam-Webster, sexism means “behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.” Based on that definition, any belief that family generally plays a larger role in the life of a woman than it does in the life of a man is sexist.
I suspect, however, that makes much of America sexist. Although feminists are free to pressure women to discard the traditional outsize role of women in raising a family, the vast majority of American women continue to reject the feminist call.
Perhaps the term sexist should be limited to attitudes that reflect negative stereotypes because surely the political-correct policemen don’t expect us to cease making general comments on the other sex.
p.s., the Post article commented that the British women soccer players were much more “accomplished” than their male counterparts. “Accomplished” means highly trained or skilled. The women may be relatively accomplished, but I don’t suggest they compete on a level field against the Brit men.