Anti-Social Sexist Behaviours

Patterns of Antisocial Sexist Behaviour

Anti-social Behaviour means acting in a way that, whether intentionally or through negligence, causes alarm or distress to one or more people. This encompasses a large spectrum of actions including harassment, bullying, sexual harassment and rape.

Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on gender.

On a daily basis, women everywhere suffer from anti-social sexist behaviours, some slight, some outrageously offensive, but always unacceptable. Check The Everyday Sexism Project which catalogues instances of sexism experienced on a day to day basis.

As a society we want men to take responsability and change their behaviour but we also have to be realistic. Similarly, we waged a war drunk-driving and it is mostly working but, unfortunately, we won't ever get to zero-drunk-driver level. It is likely that the same will apply for violence against women. As much as knowing how to control your car in difficult situations is helpfull, having self-defence skills makes a big difference.

Ample evidence shows that self-defence against sexual assault works and self-defence classes for women are a great tool to improve women's safety. It is not just about fighting. Self-protection also includes awareness, avoidance and de-escalation strategies and knowing how to assert your boundaries safely.

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