When I Doubt Myself and other women –challenging internalized sexism / internalized misogyny
Internalized sexism is defined as the involuntary belief by girls and women that the lies, stereotypes and myths about girls and women that are delivered lớn everyone in a sexist society ARE TRUE. Girls & women, boys và men hear the sexist messages (lies and stereotypes) about women over their entire lifetimes. They hear that women are stupid, weak, passive, manipulative, with no capathành phố for intellectual pursuits or leadership.
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There are two logical, predictable consequences of a lifetime of such messages. First, boys / men will grow to lớn believe many of the messages, and treat women accordingly. They will be thoroughly indoctrinated inlớn their role in sexism, protecting their male privilege by colluding with the perpetuation of sexism.
But there is a second logical consequence – the same messages also stiông xã lớn girls and women, resulting in internalized sexism / internalized misogyny. Women & girls are taught to lớn act out the lies & stereotypes, doubting themselves & other females (sometimes called “horizontal hostility.”) This is the way women collude with the perpetuation of sexism.
For the sexist system to lớn be maintained & passed on to the next generation, we all must believe the messages (lies và stereotypes) to some degree, & collude with sexism by performing our assigned roles.
Most progressive sầu, non-profit organizations, whether in human services or social change, recognize that their mission cannot be completely fulfilled until all forms of oppression (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, et al) are addressed. Many of these same organizations, however, bởi vì not recognize the forms of internalized oppression that interfere with accomplishing their missions.
Women’s organizations, in particular, must take conscious action lớn recognize, acknowledge & interrupt internalized sexism / internalized misogyny as it affects individual women & the organization as a whole.
This workshop encourages women khổng lồ recognize and examine the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist messages on their own self image, as well as their attitudes toward other women. Exercises và skills are offered khổng lồ affirm women, women’s skills & lớn challenge internalized sexism, in our own lives, for girls in our lives, và in our women’s organizations.
Sample ObjectivesTo provide a framework và common language for genuine dialogue about sexism và internalized sexism, & to create an environment which encourages such dialogue.To clarify the historical, political and social context for sexism và violence against women in the U. S.To probe the reality và daily experience of sexism and internalized sexism for women in U. S. America.To identify concrete examples of internalized sexism in the lives of girls & women.To identify concrete examples of internalized sexism within institutional structures & programs.To develop attitudes and tools for interrupting internalized sexism – personally & organizationally.To examine the interconnections of sexism and racism, and the negative impact internalized sexism has on anti-racist action by women.To offer individual participants opportunities to deepen their own awareness & understanding of sexism, & their commitment to gender justice.To develop specific leadership skills và relevant strategies for challenging internalized sexism.
DesignOne lớn two days, unlimited number of participants, one or two facilitators.Women only.Both days are interactive sầu and experiential.A variety of teaching/learning modalities is used: small groups, fishbowls, interactive sầu exercises, caucuses, lecture, graphics, music, poetry, & journaling.Includes handouts và a personal journal.The focus is on the personal impact of sexism and internalized sexism.
Upon successful completion of the INTERNALIZED SEXISM WORKSHOP participants will:be familiar with language & a framework related to lớn the historical, political và social realities of sexism in the United States.define internalized sexism, và distinguish between internalized misogyny & internalized male supremacy.explore examples of internalized sexism in their own lives and the lives of other women và girls.begin lớn identify examples of internalized sexism in organizational structures, policies & programs.identify & nurture attitudes & actions to counteract the impact of internalized sexism for adult women and reduce its recycling lớn future generations of girls.have created a personal bond with one or several other participants with the potential for future collaboration.leave the workshop with a tangible plan of action for themselves in their organizational role.
The “When I Doubt Myself and other women” worksiêu thị offers women an intense, personal và interactive sầu experience with opportunities khổng lồ examine, question và challenge the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist, misogynist messages on their own self image và their attitudes toward other women. Exercises & skills are offered lớn affirm women, women’s skills và to confront internalized sexism.
No woman, or women’s organization, can avoid the challenges presented by internalized sexism. Internalized sexism is defined, at its most basic cấp độ, as “the involuntary belief BY women & girls that the sexist lies, stereotypes & myths ABOUT them are true.” Some of the results of this involuntary internalization process are self-doubt, self-hate, self-censorship, plus doubt or mistrust of and competition with other women. Internalized sexism results in women’s collusion with sexism and male supremacy.
Internalized sexism, or more accurately its fraternal twins: internalized misogyny and internalized male supremacy, have thoroughly taught women two key lies. First, women are not completely competent, trustworthy, or capable of “real” leadership, and second, men are.
There can be devastating consequences for individual women & women’s organizations who vị not challenge internalized sexism.