Sexist questions are another form of sexism women deal with every day. They’re boring and downright insulting, and frankly, we aren’t always eager to give snarky answers every time we’re asked.
At some point, you get tired of hearing the same question from your neighbor or distant relative, and you’re too fed up with it to think of how to respond.
Very often, sexist questions seem to be harmless, but in reality, they contain backhanded sexism in it. Female celebrities are subjected to sexist questions in almost every interview they have.
We can all clearly see the difference between the questions they’re asked and the ones asked to their male co-stars. Interviewers either run out of creative questions to ask or are unable to see the sexism in the question asked.
The results? Hilarious and savage answers. Female celebrities don’t put up with any of the sexist questions. In fact, we can take a few notes on how to respond, since their answers tend to shut people down.
How to respond to sexist questions like a pro?
Female celebrities can give us a lesson or two. With their sarcastic answers, we can come up with our own versions.
Veteran actress Helen Mirren, a.k.a veteran actress and possibly the queen of clapbacks, is no stranger to giving savage answers to sexist questions.
Here’s a part from one of her interviews which was supposed to be about Macbeth. Instead, during most of the interview, she had to shut the host down because of the ignorant questions of the host. Naturally, Mirren had no problem giving answers. Her way on how to respond to sexist questions is:
Michael Parkinson: Do you find, in fact, that what could be best described as your equipment, in fact, hinders you in that pursuit of being taken seriously as an actress?
Helen Mirren: I’d like you to explain what you mean by my equipment. In great detail.
Michael Parkinson: Well, your physical attributes.
Helen Mirren: You mean my fingers?
Michael Parkinson: No, I meant your figure.
Helen Mirren: Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms. Is that what you mean?
And this is only a fraction of the interview. Starring as Lady Macbeth, most of the questions addressed to her were sexist and irrelevant, showing that sexist questions given to female celebrities aren’t a 21st-century issue.
Megan Fox didn’t keep her mouth shut when she was asked sexist questions. She gave the perfect response to an MTV interviewer to very dull questions and not-well-thought question about female superheroes.
MTV Interviewer: Do you feel like it’s time, it’s a matter of time? Before we see more of those? The fact that there aren’t many superhero films with superheroines with female leads…
Megan Fox: Do you think I’d answer anything but “yes” to that question? Do you think I would be like: “No, it’s not the time for women to be in movies, let’s take it back 50 years.”
Duh, guys. Duh!
Perhaps the best response ever given by a female celebrity on her personal life was by Lauren Conrad. A brief and blunt answer, everything is said in 1 word.
“What’s your favorite position?”
How to respond to sexist questions you’re asked on a daily basis?
Whether it’s a casual conversation with the old lady next door or you’re being interviewed for a job, women are expected to give certain answers to live up to the other person’s expectations. No, we shall not give you satisfying answers!
If there’s one sexist question that bothers women most, it’s questions about marriage. A short list of sexist questions about marriage that grinds every woman’s gears: “When are you getting married?”, “Don’t you have plans to settle down?”, “Why don’t you want to get married?”, “You’re running out of time, do you think men will want to marry a 30-year-old?”
*Yawn*, this isn’t the Middle Ages, guys. We are all very capable of having lives without a husband to support us. And honestly, if a man wouldn’t marry you because you’re 30 years old, then they’re missing out.
Sometimes, the ones who ask these questions say that it’s because they just want to see us happily married with a family. Not that anything is wrong with getting married, but it’s nobody’s business, and some are just not interested in the idea. How to respond to these questions perfectly:
- “I am getting married, you’re just not invited.” This answer is to confuse them and to show where their noses truly belong.
- “Why do you ask? Are you proposing to me?” I’m sure they’ll realize the magnitude of marriage’s responsibility when they hear this answer.
- “I’ll get married once you start minding your own business.” Straight to the point.
- “I’ll get married once same-sex marriage is legalized everywhere.” This answer kills two birds with one stone!
If you want to take up a notch and make people drop their close-minded jaws drop, you can say something along the lines of: “I don’t want to get married because sex before marriage is a lot of more fun!”
These sexist questions are often followed with the classic “When are you having kids?” How to respond to this question with savage answers:
- “Why? Are you tired of seeing yours?”
- “We are actually trying to have kids. In fact, we are trying very hard. 5 times a day. I don’t even have time to breathe.” This will make them uncomfortable for sure!
- “9 months after I conceive a child. Weren’t you taught this in school?”
- “I don’t know how to show me.”
- “Not anytime soon, but you can start buying gifts, I don’t mind.”
Sexist questions in workplaces and during job interviews is also common
Humorous answers will certainly entertain you, but sadly, this isn’t always the case. Questions asked to women differ greatly than the ones asked to men.
Women are asked about their personal lives during job interviews as if their private lives will affect her performance. They’re asked if they’re single, married, have children.
These questions are never asked to men. Aren’t men responsible for their children? Are only mothers supposed to be taking care of children? When women answer with “No, I’m not married”, or “I don’t have children”, the following question is usually “Why?”, as if something is wrong with a woman not wanting any of these.
If a woman with children has a full-time job or needs to go on a work trip, she’ll usually be asked how she’s able to leave her children. But men going away for work is deemed completely normal.
Women are quizzed about their personal lives as if it’s everyone’s business. Career choices, love life, everybody feels the need to voice their opinion on matters that aren’t their place to discuss. These sexist questions, as harmless as they could sound (not), are constant setbacks for women.
Let’s all learn to ask the right questions!
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