What does everyday sexism look like?

The exhibition Everyday Sexism by Slovak author Ivana Šáteková at the Artwall Gallery in Prague shows situations which women and girls cope with on a daily basis.

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Comments regarding their appearance, maternity, way of life, behavior or attitudes, accompany women from childhood until the old age. The people doing the commenting defend themselves by claiming their good will and best intentions. This new exhibition is focused on stereotypes about women and reveals hidden sexism and ageism.

 The artist says that the topic of sexist social pressure developed when she started to perceive this issue with greater clarity during her pregnancy, a time when women are inundated with unpleasant questions. She made a survey of her surroundings and concluded that these attacks accompany women their whole lives.

“Growing up and ageing of a woman seems to be a public affair, everyone feels an urge to intervene. It’s a strange phenomenon," says Ivana.

In the exhibit drawings of girls and women are displayed on large panels on the wall under popular Prague Letná Park. Each of the drawings is accompanied by questions: Shouldn’t you have a baby already? Shouldn’t you eat less? Why do you want to work? etc.

Details from the story:

  • “Everyday sexism is omnipresent, thus taken for granted. In the long term it creates impenetrable shell of gender prejudices in society. From a trivial thing grow great wrongs”, says Artwall gallery curator Zuzana Štefková.
  • Women politicians are very often viewed by their looks, what they wear, are they feminine enough, etc. 
  • Some drawings of Ivana Šáteková show social pressure on women to have children. On the other side, warns Štefková, there are women who are blamed for having too many children, referring to Roma women and their forced sterilisation in the past.
  • The exhibition addressed the position of older women in society as well, as they are one of the most vulnerable groups. 
  • Sexism is not only sexual violence or open discrimination, sexist remarks can be heard in families, and women spread it among each other too. 
  • Men are objects of objectification as well, but due to the lower status of women in society, this phenomenon has a bigger impact on them, says exhibition curator Zuzana Štefková. 

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