Studying the impacts of sexism difficult because women normalise the fear and anxiety

Researchers recently published an article in Sex Roles examining the effects everyday sexism has on women and women’s health. It’s no surprise that they found that “some of the sexism women face makes women generally more fearful and anxious.”

Even more upsetting is the knowledge that one of the main barriers to this type of study is the normalisation process that women undergo in order to handle the variety and constancy of sexism.

Speaking to The Guardian, one of the researchers used the example of her decision to cross the road when she saw a man in a van in front of her on her daily run.

“I didn’t think twice about it,” she said.

“Over time, existing in a state of hypervigilance has a negative impact, and leads to a higher level of psychological distress.”

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