The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.

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2014-10-10-22-53-49

About a week ago, not referring to the bobby shurmda song, i was running on this popular stretch of street where hundreds of men AND women workout daily. Myself being categorized as "thick" i guess you could say i have a nice sized bottom. the normal workout attire for myself is spandex shorts and a running shirt and as i was running down the street i had numerous cars honk, men yell things at me from their vehicles and i was ashamed. i thought the whole time i was exercising,"well maybe if i didn't wear these shorts" and "i shouldn't have worn these they are tight pants" but honestly i should be allowed to wear whatever i please and not be harassed. i should be able to walk around in workout clothes, WORKING out and not be sexualized by men. then one night i decided to go out to a party with a group of my friends, and we all were casually drinking and a young man tried to take advantage of the fact that i was slightly intoxicated and try to take me upstairs. luckily for myself i had friends who realized what was happening and took me home. later that day i was furious about the situation and told a few of my guy friends what had happened. " well maybe if you hadn't been drinking he wouldn't have tried to take advantage of you". lets just take a minuet and reflect on that response. maybe, if i hadn't been drinking a male wouldn't have felt the need to do that. Why is it when women drink, and something happens it is automatically their fault when a male tries something on them. why is it that i cant wear clothes that show off my body i have to be ashamed when a man sexualizes me. lets just say a sexual assault does in fact happen, it is my fault because i was wearing clothes that provoked a male. if i were to walk around downtown naked, i am not asking to be raped. i am not asking to be sexualized. I am not asking to be sexually harassed. the more and more i get fit and appreciate my body the more i realize how much i would love being a feminist and defending females in this horrible generation of sexism.

2014-10-10-15-59-55

I was trying to talk to my boyfriend about yet another case of a man murdering a woman because he felt entitled to her and his immediate response to my outrage was "yeah, and the holocaust happened but I'm not constantly fixated on it". I took that as him telling me to not get upset because it is something that I can't change and shouldn't waste my energy worrying about.

2014-10-10-01-30-04

Chat sites..a sad thing when u go on to have fun. You make friends only to be asked for nude pictures right away. I typed in "Gender Equality" into the omegle spy question mode and 1 person only 1 said something for it about 15+ people said it either didn't exist or women belong in the kitchen. This is 2014 and these people, these men just think they can just own a woman or get nudes just cause they asked or felt like it. It's the same as going to a place on the street and asking a girl to strip down in front of you. it's like cyber rape sometimes.

2014-10-09-01-10-59

It's pretty much a second name for me by this point. On a regular basis, if I ever bring up any points about feminism or sexism to my friends, they'll instantly accuse me of "just doing that so I can get laid." I'm at the point where I really want to beat some sense into them, but I'd rather not get kicked out of school, as I'm attending a good high school. I just wish that they'd open their minds a little, understand that they're making people uncomfortable and that they should respect a woman's wishes instead of a male presence, whether in the immediate vicinity or simply brought up in conversation.

2014-10-08-21-23-09

Roberto's restaurant in Youngstown, Ohio will not hire women unless it is for the kitchen!

2014-10-08-20-26-42

A few months ago, my friend and I went to go get a jamba juice. It was a pretty slow day so it was just us, the girl working behind the counter, another woman, and a homeless man sitting there mumbling to himself. When we walked in the homeless man started saying things like "look at the butt on those ones" and rubbing himself. It made us really uncomfortable so we just tried to ignore it. After we got out smoothies we got out of there as fast as we could. We were parked right in front of the window he was sitting at and when we got in the car he stood up, and started jacking off right there in front of us making very direct eye contact and smiling. It was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life.