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Casual Misogyny Within Living Memory

“I find examples like this heartbreaking. Think of the millions of women who were explicitly barred throughout their entire lives from pursuing the full spectrum of professional and creative endeavors that were open to (white) men without question. … This sort of casual misogyny happened as a matter of course within living memory. Well into the 1960s, help wanted ads could explicitly specify gender. Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal for less than 30 years. There’s absolutely no virtue in ignoring the past supposedly in the service of being enlightened about our shortcomings today, though it may be a preferable stance for some people to take.”

Commenter on Metafilter thread about a woman’s rejection letter from Disney, 1938