everyday sexism live feed:
- I work in a shop that was looking to hire some temporary staff over Christmas. One person who interviewed was a young lady about 5'1" tall. During the interview, she mentioned that she wanted to join the police after graduating from uni. She wasn't offered the job with us, and afterwards, my colleagues all spoke about how it was "wrong" and even "disgraceful" that she believed she was suitable for front line police work.
- While out with mates, a male member of the group referred to another's ex-girlfriend as a "slut" because she had left him for someone else. When I called him out on this and specifically asked if he would refer to a cheating boyfriend as a slut, he answered "I'm just calling her what she IS, she brought this on herself, that's not sexist"
- A co-worker talking about how one of his friends had recently been arrested for a sexual offence, but said "it wasn't rape, it's not like it's THAT bad, is it?"
The worst one: I had a miscarriage after an apparent contraceptive failure that I hadn't been aware of at the time. My doctor told me that at 32 I was already at higher risk of miscarriages or birth defects, so I really should have started trying for a baby earlier. I said I was on birth control and clearly did NOT want a baby. The doctor suggested I stop using contraception, because I really needed to have a baby before it was too late, and after a miscarriage a woman's body naturally wants to "replace" the pregnancy so I was sure to be pregnant again very shortly.