Hipster Sexism, it's just a joke, right?
by Bloomer Duckling on October 22, 2014 - 9:28pm
Hanging around male friends, I've heard sexist comments directed towards me as "jokes", and honestly, I've been guilty of laughing along and replying with an equally sexist comment, all in the name of good fun. But was laughing the correct behavior in this situation or should I have felt offended instead? In a culture that glorifies the trait of being funny and having a sense of humour, I defend my behavior by telling myself that I couldn’t have acted in any other way. The reason to all this questioning and introspection is to delve further into the analysis of how our culture chooses to view sexism. Nowadays, modern sexist comments are jokes, ironic remarks, and we even have women ‘empowering and taking control’ of the sexism, by enacting it themselves.. Just to exemplify the latter, one only has to pick up a cover of a Playboy magazine or a sit down at a Hooter’s restaurant and look at the lovely waitresses. The underlying problem in all this is that as a culture we are viewing sexism as being okay, and that simply is not okay because there is too much of a hazy line of judgment when deciding when a comment is the owner’s authentic opinion or actually just a joke. It's important to look at this phenomenon because it seems that the modern culture is promoting sexism as a joke and forgetting that sexism is still wrong.
A new term, “Hipster Sexism”, clarifies this concept a little more. Even through all my questions, I’m still a little confused myself. Maybe “hipster sexism” needs to focus more on how we deal with the pressures to conform to the people around us, as well. I must admit, I’m not entirely innocent of using Hipster sexism, but I can now clearly recognize when it’s being used. They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I think I have a slight problem? Or maybe I just need to take a chill pill.