In Australia we like to think that our society is built around the idea that everyone gets a fair go. In the era of #MeToo and with the global movement for gender equality growing, it’s time to ask ourselves, is that really the case?
Writer, TV presenter, radio host, and passionate advocate for gender equality Yumi Stynes wants to find out.
Is Australia Sexist? will go undercover to expose the truth of sexism in Australia in 2018. Hosted by Yumi Stynes, this timely SBS documentary premieres 4 December, 8.40pm on SBS Australia, and be streamed at SBS On Demand.
The program will reveal the results of the largest ever survey* on the issue of sexism in Australia. The survey was commissioned by SBS in conjunction with Sydney’s Macquarie University, led by Professor Catharine Lumby and Dr. Amira Aftab. Startling insights that speak to the state of gender equality in Australia in 2018 include:
- In the last 12 months 40% of women 18 – 25 years old have experienced sexual harassment in a public place
- 22% of men believe that women should take being wolf-whistled on the street as a compliment
- 86% of women say they do the majority of the housework
- 83% of women, but only 60% of men believe it is okay for boys to play with dolls
- 37% of women and 52% of men believe that feminism has gone ‘too far’
“Sexism is no longer a concept for activists and inner-city smart asses," says Yumi Stynes. "The idea that we're living in a state of gender inequality has caught on and become not just a headline grabbing topic, but the defining social issue of 2018.
“Making this show was really personal for me as I face down the reality of gender inequality every single day - in work, in culture and even in my own family. I am constantly reflecting on what my kids will be faced with in years to come.
“It’s fantastic to work with SBS to start a conversation about this issue with groundbreaking research, insight and humour. It's an issue which affects us all, regardless of gender.”
Through a series of experiments, some using hidden cameras, Is Australia Sexist? puts the survey data to the test. Confronting scenes reveal what harassment and gender discrimination looks and feels like through the eyes of a victim.
The experiments test a range of hotspots for sexism in Australia including the gender pay gap, gendered play with children, behaviours in online dating, harassment in the workplace, and the shocking truths of street harassment.
Is Australia Sexist? is a Joined Up production for SBS. Principal funding from Screen Australia in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest.
Is Australia Sexist? premieres on SBS Australia, 4 December, 8.40pm, and will be available to stream at SBS On Demand.