A word that ends in “ist” can be a powerful weapon, too powerful in fact. But what does “ist” mean? It means everything, and it means nothing. It means, or doesn’t mean, whatever the correct people desire at the time.
With respect to this blog, we are most interested in the word “sexist”. What might a sexist be? One might suggest that it is a person who uses sex to differentiate between people, influencing their thoughts and actions. Of course, by this logical definition, everybody would be sexist. Guy are attracted to chicks, operating on this attraction is sexist. Same goes for chicks eyeing the fellas. It just is the way that it is.
Well, we can’t have that. What the people need is an all-purpose pejorative to attack men with. “Sexist” is that word. The meaning assigned is intentionally vague, but normally boils down to: “you are making a dffererentation between the sexes that we don’t like / makes women look bad”. Notice that truthfulness is not mentioned. Also note that this only flows one way; that is, the issue can only be about women coming across poorly.
In reality, as everybody knows, but might not admit, there are differences between the sexes. That is why the first definition above clicks in people’s minds. Operationally, the second vague definition is conflated with it. Since people normally don’t think so deep and prefer to just react, this is a rather effective tactic.
To the detriment of the society this all would be. If only universities taught people to think more effectively…