Female student: women can't be sexist

Kaitlyn Schallhorn
Former Reporter

  • A junior at Ohio University claimed that women cannot be sexist in a recent editorial for the university’s student newspaper.
  • Erin Davoran said that she was approached by a man who attempted to explain how he had been discriminated against by a woman because of his gender.
  • She went on to argue that while women can be prejudiced, they cannot be sexist because of the “disadvantage” women face due to their sex.
  • Women cannot be sexist, a journalism student at Ohio University argued in a recent editorial.

    In a guest column for the Post, OU’s student publication, Erin Davoran, a junior, claimed that she was approached by a man—who she called a “menist”— while tabling for the school’s Women’s Center who engaged her in a conversation about an experience he had in which a woman was sexist towards him in a job interview. Despite the interviewer telling the man that “all white men created poverty,” Davoran said women cannot be sexist towards men.

    “Women cannot be sexist; the same way people of color cannot be racist,” Davoran wrote.

    “Women can be prejudiced against men. But just as #notallmen are sexist, not all women are anti-man,” she continued. “There are many different discourses of feminism, and the majority believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

    According to Davoran’s editorial, women cannot be sexist because that “describes a system of disadvantage based on race.” Citing the film Dear White People, she argued that in the same way, black people cannot be racist as black people “don't stand to benefit from such a system.”

    Davoran also detailed the events of the day on her public Twitter account. In a series of tweets she said the man came back to her table to ask her why there is “ Women of Appalachia” art hanging in OU’s Multicultural Center, but there isn’t any “Men of Appalachia.”

    According to her, she began to tell him that “[s]exism describes a system...women can’t be sexist,” before he cut her off and walked away.

    The man allegedly told Davoran that he supports equity feminism, but not gender feminism.

    “I can’t speak for...all other women and feminists, but I think most would agree when I say that I don’t hate men,” Davoran wrote. “I don’t even completely hate sexist, misogynistic ‘meninists’ like the one I encountered. I hate sexism and prejudice and want to have honest conversations with people, especially those who misunderstand the issues.”

    The director of the Women’s Center did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform in time of publication.

    A recent study from researchers at Northeastern University in Boston said that men who hold doors open for women and smile at women are “benevolent sexists” as they view women as “incompetent” and need men’s “cherished protection.”

    The study claimed that men who hold doors open for women, call women “love” or “dear,” refuse to split a bill, offer women jackets in the cold, say good women should be put on a pedestal, or believe that men should make sacrifices to provide for women are all benevolent sexists.

    Hostile sexists, according to the study, perform such actions as: banning women from sports clubs, wolf whistling at women, enjoying topless calendars, letting wives do housework, believing women who want equality actually want special treatment, and saying that most women interpret innocent remarks as sexism.

    Davoran did not respond to an emailed request for comment from Campus Reform.

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    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Former Reporter

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, Kaitlyn was a reporter at Red Alert Politics and covered business and restaurants for the Alexandria Times.  

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