Sexism in the U.S.:  Questions and Answers

Sexism is the belief, institutionalized in laws and customs, that females are inferior to males. 

Sexism in the U.S. is a series of short books that define and explore sexism and intersecting forms of discrimination in the United States.  Each book presents a series of questions (such as How Does Sexist Humor Work? or What Would a Non-Sexist Masculinity Require?) and then presents the cultural analysis and data necessary to understand the answer.

The answers to our questions about sexism are firmly rooted in the research and analysis of brilliant scholars and activists such as bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Riane Eisler.  Sexism in the U.S. brings the academic study of sexism and its intersection with other forms of discrimination into our mainstream discussions about sex, gender, race, and class.

Two of the books in the series are available for purchase:

Defining Sexism in the U.S.


Defining Sexism in the U.S. allows readers to explore the relationship between sexism, intersecting forms of discrimination (such as racism and homophobia), and power.  Questions such as “Does Sexism Affect All Women Identically?”, “How is Sexism Connected to Beauty?”, and “Does Sexism Affect Men?” lay the groundwork for understanding how and why sexism functions within our society. This knowledge can lead to empowerment and healing—for individuals, local communities, and our nation as a whole.

 Sexism and U.S. History


Sexism and U.S. History fills in some important blanks for readers who want to know how American women got where we are today.  This is women’s history as it is rarely taught, for it covers the resistance to sexism that has always been a part of our national story.  The U.S. was founded as a patriarchy, in which some men had more rights and freedoms than other men and all women. Through questions like “How Did U.S. Women Gain the Right to Vote?”; “How Did the Civil Rights Movement Further U.S. Women’s Labor Rights?”; “What Shaped Pornography in the U.S.?”; and “What is Title IX?” Sexism and U.S History gives a brief overview of how sexism has affected groups of American women—and how American women and men have worked to reduce sexism and intersecting forms of discrimination.