Maybe, but some of this stuff is just silly. The sexism I'm talking about is abuse of woman worldwide, and unfortunately here in the US(Maine is one of the worst offenders of this abuse). Murder rates, starvation, this evidence is all easy to find.
Women getting paid 75 to 80 cents to my dollar per hour. Few women in government and biz management, stuff like that. Also documented and easy to find.
Sailing sexism isn't all that bad, likely fighting the "mens club" attitude a lot of sports are dealing with. We can all help there, call the offender out(the offender is not always a man).
But when people come out and say sexism doesn't exist, at any level, or make fun of the concept(same thing), then how do we even begin to correct the first major atrocities I listed?
At best, we'll never correct these problems in the US if we deny they exist. At the worst, denial makes us complicit in the atrocities.
Sexism exists, that part is simple.
no matter what you do...what laws you pass...how much you preach, you will never rid the world of buttholes. racism is stupid but there will always be someone to hate someone else because of race. it's not just whites, either. there are asian racists, latino racists...heck, many black racists think they are justified because they claim minorities can't be racist.
it's kind of like homosexuality and gay marriage. everyone has their own opinion about that and no matter how the homosexual community tries, they will never force everyone to accept their way of life. but that doesn't really matter as long as they are allowed to live their lives as they choose.
you will always have some sexist people. it's not just men, either. i have known some seriously sexist women. in fact, as far as the entertainment industry is concerned, 'reverse sexism' is fine. there are tons of examples in movies and TV ( and female comedians ) of sexist, stereotypical attitudes towards men...stuff that would never be permitted if it was te other way around. and it's ok for women, out on the town, to wolf whistle and yell at guys but a guy who does it is a sexist pig. it's terrible for guys to go to strip clubs and strippers are supposedly being objectified and degraded by their jobs. yet, women go to strip clubs, to watch men strip, and that's ok. in fact, it is my understanding that women are much raunchier at strip clubs than men...and that's ok, too.
it's not a matter of changing everyone's attitude so that it meets with a cetain accepted criteria. that's the thought police. it's a matter of being limited or outcast because of gender. and i don't see that happening in the sailing community.
has anyone actually heard of a sailboat dealer or manufacturer refusing to sell to a woman because of her gender? are there any men's only sailing events? i am not aware of any in the US. there are, however, women's only sailing events. that's sexist, if you come down to it. and, while there may be some sexist buttholes, most of the guys i have known think it's cool for women to sail. the same holds true in the biker community. i can't think of anything i have seen, in the sailing community, that limits women's access to sailing or tries to push them out.
so, if the issue is 'is sailing sexist?' then the answer is absolutely not. if the question is ' are there any buttholes in the sailing community?'...well, that's another story. there will always be buttholes. some of the most PC people i have met are also the biggest buttholes.
the trouble is, if someone is not in a 'protected' group, then they are fair game. you can't say anything about someone's race ( unless they are white ), gender ( as long as that gender is female ), or sexual preference and you can't say sanything about mentally challenged or handicapped people. but you can say anything you want to about fat people. although the majority of Americans are overweight, we just love to pick on, insult, harrass, and poke fun at overweight people....and that's ok, too, because they aren't a 'protected' group. no one cares if you screw with fat people. and it's ok to mess with blondes, too. although, since only one ethnic group produces blondes ( naturally ), i think that is really a bit racist.
if you ask me, the whole PC thing isn't fair. it just determines who it is ok to be a butthole to. instead of protecting certain 'special' groups, perhaps we should just try to get people to stop acting like buttheads...teach respect for everyone, not just certain groups.