The same benefit of the doubt you give to those in your own family, friend, ethnic, racial or religious groups, try extending that courtesy, without specific or implied gain or preconditions, to members of other groups.
Girls have fathers, brothers, boy cousins, uncles, grandfathers all whom discriminate against them based on their gender.
Girls have mothers, sisters, girl cousins, aunts, grandmothers who do the same – discriminate against them based on their gender.
Whether it began in the family or not, that’s where it is now and has been for a very long time, so that is where the family must begin to eradicate this institutionalized familial and social disease imposed on females by males and by other females.
It’s going to require a partnership – males and females, females and females, females and males – working together to end the second class citizenship of females worldwide – a global initiative to close the divide and heal the wound caused by sexism.
Leaving out the male, or punishing males by discriminating against them is not a solution. It’s revenge. It’s as ugly as sexism agains females. So opt out of responding in kind and build a new, different, equitable world for all genders.
Nobody has to take a back seat here. The males of today, or now, didn’t create this sexism mess. Neither did the females of today. But we’re in a mess, and we are the only ones who can clean it up and change the status quo for the better.
So do it. Start in your own life by changing your own attitudes. You’re the only one who can do it. Why wait for society to force you to change? You know the right way and the wrong way.