These days, it seems to mean whatever feminists want it to mean. And many of those things seem to be in conflict with each other.
Sexism can mean thinking women are less qualified to hoist someone over their shoulders and carry him to safety in the middle of a raging inferno. Or, it can mean thinking that any woman who's had even one drink is capable of consenting to sex.
Sexism can mean thinking women should not walk around bare-chested like men ("Free the nipple!"). Or, it can mean ogling women ("Sexual harassment!").Sometimes "sexism" refers to just being truthful about gender differences.
Of course, if women say that men tend to be more violent than women, they're merely stating a fact. If women say that virtually all wars have been started by men, they're simply stating a fact. Saying these things isn't considered controversial -- or "sexist."
And if someone points out that women are more at danger of rape from men than men are from women, well, the only response that would elicit is something along the lines of "Thank you, Captain Obvious."
However, if men point out that women are less well suited to being firemen, or combat soldiers, the truthfulness of that statement is no defense. Likewise, pointing out that once a month women get moody is considered out of bounds. Those statements are actually considered controversial -- and "sexist."
Today, to pass liberal muster, one must be willing to acknowledge only one set of truths.
But isn't real discrimination a matter of willingness to see the other gender as The Enemy? Of constantly rooting for one's team over the other team, and of applying a different set of standards to each team?
Men simply don't do this; I've never heard a man say, "You go, boy! You show those women who's boss!" That spirit is simply lacking.
It's the feminists who do this. They invariably root for women over men. They tend to harbor a constant, simmering resentment against all men. And they buy into all the mindless sayings like, "Everything a man can do, a woman can do better." Or, "Behind every great man is a great woman." And they actually believe that Republicans have declared a "war on women."
I know no men who spend any time thinking about how to help men vis-a-vis women, or about how to oppress woman, or trying to think of ways that women have declared a war on men.
I've known plenty of guys who spend a lot of time thinking about getting laid. But that is not the same as wanting to harm them -- except in the minds of feminists.
And most men will judge a conflict between another man and a woman on its merits. They don't automatically side with the man simply because he's male.
Yet when was the last time you heard Gloria Steinem, or Lena Dunham, or Naomi Wolf, take the side of men against women? They just don't do it. I've known women like this myself.
That is sexism.
That is sexism.
Now, some would say that there are no such men because there don't need to be -- since men run the world. And they'd have a point. But there are injustices that go the other way, such as child custody laws, alimony laws, and the way colleges process rape claims. Yet there are no men's rallies to protest these injustices.
It's those who scream "Sexism!" the loudest who, almost by definition, are the biggest sexists.
Despite what the left wing rabble rousers claim, Republicans have not declared a war on women. It's the feminists who have decided that men are the enemy.