Everyday Sexism Project

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Everyday Sexism Project
Type of site
User-generated content
Available inAt the discretion of the poster
OwnerLaura Bates
Created byLaura Bates
Alexa rankIncrease 503,117 (Global 07/2014)
CommercialNo
RegistrationNone, and posters may use a pseudonym
UsersOver 50,000
Launched16 April 2012; 6 years ago (2012-04-16)
Current statusOnline
Content license
Hosted by Blueshot Inc
IP address173.254.82.184
Some of the stories have been collated into a book - Everyday sexism by Laura Bates.

The Everyday Sexism Project is a website founded on 16 April 2012 by Laura Bates, a British feminist writer. The aim of the site is to document examples of sexism from around the world. Entries may be submitted directly to the site, or by email or tweet. The accounts of abuse are collated by a small group of volunteers.[1]

History[edit]

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature, Bates worked as a nanny and found that the young girls she looked after were already preoccupied with their body image.[2] She set up the Everyday Sexism Project in April 2012 after finding it difficult to speak out about sexism.

Nearly a year after beginning the website, Bates reflected on the common response she had received. "Again and again, people told me sexism is no longer a problem – that women are equal now, more or less, and if you can’t take a joke or take a compliment, then you need to stop being so 'frigid' and get a sense of humor", she told Anna Klassen of The Daily Beast website in April 2013. "Even if I couldn’t solve the problem right away, I was determined that nobody should be able to tell us we couldn’t talk about it anymore."[3]

At the time of the 2012 foundation of Everyday Sexism website, Bates had "hoped to gather 100 women's stories", but a year after the launch she wrote in The Guardian that it had grown very rapidly "as more and more women began to add their experiences – women of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world", and was then "about to spread to 15 countries".[1]

The Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway wrote about Bates and the project in the summer of 2014: "I have undergone an unsettling change of heart, and dumped almost all my beliefs on what it is to be a woman in Britain." The project affected Kellaway "in a way that the writings of Camille Paglia, Natasha Walter or Naomi Wolf never have. For the first time since the 1970s, I find myself cross on behalf of women, and rather inclined to take up cudgels. What has swayed me are not statistics or arguments but real stories of sexism. So far she has collected more than 60,000 of them, which sit there online, hard to ignore or dismiss."[4] One feminist critic has been uncomplimentary. "Simply coughing up outrage into a blog will get us nowhere", wrote Germaine Greer in the New Statesman when she reviewed Bates' book Everyday Sexism in May 2014.[5]

In April 2014, Bates was named as one of Britain's most influential women in the BBC Woman's Hour Power List 2014.[6]

Campaign outcomes[edit]

In January 2014, Everyday Sexism successfully campaigned for the removal of the mobile app Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version from the App Store and Google Play, for its promotion of a poor perspective on the concept of body image to those of a young age.[7]

The Everyday Sexism Project has advised British Transport Police on the training of their officers to respond to complaints of unwanted sexual behaviour as part of Project Guardian, an initiative to increase reporting of sexual offences on public transport in London.[8]

Bates told Brogan Driscoll of The Huffington Post in April 2015: "The entries have been used to work on policy with ministers and members of parliament in multiple countries, to start conversations about consent in schools and universities, to tackle sexual harassment in businesses and workplaces and to help police forces raise the reporting and detection rates on sexual offences."[9]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bates, Laura (2014). Everyday sexism. London: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781471131578.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bates, Laura (16 April 2013). "The Everyday Sexism Project: a year of shouting back". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Power List 2014 - Top Ten revealed: 9. Laura Bates, campaigner". BBC. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ Klassen, Anna (9 April 2013). "Everyday Sexism creator Laura Bates on helping women speak out". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ Kellaway, Lucy (1 August 2014). "Lucy Kellaway interviews Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ Greer, Germaine (14 May 2014). "The failures of the new feminism". New Statesman. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – Game Changers". BBC Radio 4.
  7. ^ Murray-Morris, Sophie (15 January 2014). "Apple and Google pull plastic surgery apps for children following Twitter backlash". The Independent | News | Technology. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  8. ^ Bates, Laura (1 October 2013). "Project Guardian: making public transport safer for women". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  9. ^ Driscoll, Brogan (8 May 2015). "HuffPost 10: Laura Bates, Founder Of The Everyday Sexism Project". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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