All men are sexist (and racist, and homophobic.) Because of course they are. Even if they don't behave like it, they still are sexist. Because reasons. (It's curious how adamant feminists are that feminism is not about hating men, yet all of the inherent flaws that they come up with are always about men. Everything that's wrong is always because of men. Only men can be sexist, never women. Men are sexist even if they don't exhibit it; women can't be sexist at all.)
But how to justify that? After all, the vast majority of men do not behave in a sexist way. Well, the solution is simple: Expand the definition of "sexism" to encompass all men.
Take this article, for example: Are you sexist? Take this quiz
If you are a dick to women, you are a sexist. If you are nice to women, you are also a sexist. Because of course you are. And of course only men can be sexist; because reasons. Let's look at a few excerpts from the article:
Overt prejudice against women is hard to miss, but decades of research suggests that subtle sexism can be just as damaging — but often go unnoticed."Decades of research" means in plain English "stuff that feminist academics pull from their posteriors". And how exactly is "subtle sexism" just as damaging as overt one? How does throwing acid at a woman's face because she wants to learn to read "just as damaging" as opening a door for a woman? And isn't it curious how there is sexism even when nobody notices it? It is there for certain, even if nobody sees it!
Hostile sexism describes behavior that overtly threatens, intimidates or abuses women.Women. Not men. Always women. Because, you know, there is no such a thing as hostile sexism against men. Because of course there isn't.
Benevolent sexism describes positive attitudes and actions that men take toward women that are based, deep-down, in feelings of superiority and dominance.That men take toward women. Because, you know, women can't be sexist toward men, or toward other women. It's always only in this one direction. Because of course it is.
And "benevolent sexism" is a textbook example of an oxymoron. And of course men are only nice to women because they feel superior and dominant.
How about the quiz itself? I just love how vague and ambiguous the questions are. And most of them seem to be purposefully designed in such a manner that no matter what you answer, you will be considered a sexist.
Consider for instance the first one: "Many women have a quality of purity that few men possess."
What does this even mean? WTF does "a quality of purity" mean? And does "many" mean the same as "the majority", or does it mean the same as "several" (as in at least hundreds)? Certainly there exist women in this world that have all kinds of qualities, subjective or not, that few men possess (and likewise there exist men in this world that possess qualities that only few women do). So technically the answer is yes: Certainly there are many (as in at least hundreds, or thousands, or even more) women in this vast world that "have a quality of purity" (whatever that means) that few men possess.
But I'm suspecting that's not what this is asking. It's a trick question. Whatever you answer, you are a sexist. If you don't think women have a "quality of purity" you are a misogynist. If you think they do, then you are a "benevolent sexist".
Second: "Women should be cherished and protected by men."
Well, in principle all people should be "cherished and protected" by all people. We are a social species that thrives when we work together, and protect each other. But once again this is a very vague statement. Does "women" there mean all women, or most women, or some women, women in your family, or what? The sentence is too vague and ambiguous to give a definitive answer. (And it doesn't help that feminists themselves give completely contradictory and mixed signals about this very thing.)
Once again, there is no correct answer: If you disagree, you are a misogynist. If you agree, you are a "benevolent sexist". Because of course you are. There is no winning this.
Third: "Women seek to gain power by getting control over men."
Again, does that mean "all women", "most women", "some women", or what? Certainly from the 3-or-so billion women in this world, at least some of them do indeed seek to gain power by getting control over men. If it means "all women", then the claim is obviously incorrect; if it means "some women", then the claim is obviously correct. The question is too ambiguous to be answered correctly. Or to be answered honestly at all. Which is probably intentional.
The questions just go on like this. The funny thing is that in the results "hostile sexism" is defined as "behavior that overtly threatens, intimidates or abuses women, especially those who defy male-dominant power" (because, as stated, it can't work in the other direction), yet none of the questions have anything to do with that kind of behavior or attitudes.
It would be fun to see the same kind of quiz but in the other direction: About prejudices and sexism that women exhibit towards men, and where all the questions are trick questions that have no correct answer, where whatever you answer, you are a sexist in one way or another. Not that I would consider that quiz any more valid than this one, but it would be fun.