There are number of sexist phrases that each and everyone of us use frequently. However if you stop and think about the meaning behind the phrases we use everyday there’s a much more sinister side to them.
The Man Up Campaign
A sexist phrase that is most commonly used by both men and women is “Man Up.” The phrasal verb’s definition in Cambridge dictionary is “to tell someone that they should deal with something bravely.” This then suggest’s that in order to be brave you have to be a man or manly. On the other hand it suggest that men have to brave in order to be manly.
The Australian Man Up Campaign has appeared frequently in the news. The campaign has used the sexist phrase “Man Up” to their advantage to show the enormous amount of pressure men undergo in life purely for just being men. The campaign is specifically helping men who are suicidal. The very much talked about campaign video features men crying on camera. Society portrays that it isn’t masculine to cry however this certainly isn’t the case.
My boyfriend and I decided to sit down and think about all the sexist phrases we have come across in our lives. Some of these phrases have been said by us or said to us by others. The following video is a compilation of these sexist phrases that we could think of that are said to both men and women. It may seem like overacting, but to some being told to “Man Up” could tip them over the edge. It’s important to use web and mobile communication to spread the word about subtle uses of sexism. Hopefully with the help of this video the next time you go to use one of the following phrases, you may think twice.