Tik Tok user Chan showed that internalized sexism is not easy to recognize but plays a crucial role is propping up the patriarchal system.
Sexism and misogyny are deeply ingrained in our society that many of us may not recognize the subtle ways in which we internalize it to reinforce the patriarchal system. Chan, a TikTok user has posted a series of informative videos highlighting the ways in which our daily lives reinforce and support the patriarchal system and it's an eye-opener. Chan highlighted many instances where sexism is normalized by pop culture and the people. TikToker Chan is an activist and has posted on a range of social issues including helping protect women, fighting for their rights, and fighting racism.
From pitting women against each other to using the label "daddy issues" to sexualize women who have been traumatized by their fathers, Chan highlights instances of internalized sexism and misogyny. In one video, she highlighted how men were never held accountable for traumatizing their daughters while the women are sexualized and shamed with the label "daddy issues." Similarly, in another video, she pointed out that workplaces often divide women into two extremes — as being too quiet or too loud. Chan stated that women are boxed into either category and never allowed a middle ground. Those who are deemed quiet are denied promotions and not handed responsibilities while labeling them as nice and likable. On the other hand, women who are assertive and confident are labeled as loud and 'bossy.'
Chan also showed how women are boxed into two categories at their workplaces and subjected faced sexist repercussions either way.
She also pointed out how patriarchy pits women against each other and teaches them to view other women as a threat. She added that the trope was also reinforced in movies, naming Devil Vs Prada as an example.
You can catch Chan's videos on her TikTok page here.