The studies presented in this essay argue that gender inequalities exist, men and women both still ‘do gender’. Social role dictates your social position. The ‘traditions’ of gendered assignments such as a man being dominant, strong, and competitive where as a woman is known to be caring, giving, and compassionate are still at play within a society. Men are affected by crisis and complicit masculinity. Women are affected by stereotypical notions of their natural abilities and are discriminated against in areas such as the labour market where inequalities still exist even though legislation such as the Equality Pay Act 1970 and the Equality Act 2010 are in place.
Showing that he doesn’t care this shows us that he doesn’t care about his partner and he’s a caring person. Frank also doesn’t want to teach at Open University he only does it for the money. He thinks there is no point in teaching Open University because all his students will be stupid. ‘Some silly woman’s attempt to get into the mind of Henry James’ this shows he is prejudice before he starts teaching. He thinks she is going to be stupid because she didn’t get enough education.
If you look at her marriage for example, you can see that it evidently wasn’t a love marriage but more of a business deal. Even though her husband treated her well, the love was completely lacking between the two and they shared no common ground. This is no excuse for her actions, but she might have been deeply unhappy. Her uptight, arrogant and snobby persona could have been a mask to cover up her inner feelings. Maybe she didn’t want to come across as weak; she wanted to show people that she was in total control of her own life and she didn’t care about love.
Similarly, Rukmani is hesitant to ask about Kenny’s family because it is personal: “Of himself he did not speak… I held my tongue, for I felt to ask would be to offend him” (Markandaya 33). Both of these events show how the two cultures misunderstand each other. Kenny doesn’t like when Rukmani kisses his shoes because he doesn’t feel above her, but she is just trying to be nice. And Rukmani doesn’t understand what will and won’t offend Kenny because her culture doesn’t encourage asking personal questions. Their conversations show more deeply how each culture views marital relationships.
However, she dismisses her doubts because she is able to explain to herself that she does not need to heed to societal pressure. She admonishes the prospect of getting married, for “at any rate, [...] she need not marry, thank Heaven: she need not undergo that degradation. She was saved from that dilution” (98), blatantly refusing to accept her fate as Mrs. Ramsay sees it, as she believes there is more to life than getting married and living for someone else. Lily also mocks the expectation that women must comfort men, finding it cringeworthy and a ridiculous standard:
While they both recognize its presence, Mill blames the subjection of women on custom, and Nightingale blames it on society. These appear to be different arguments, but they may be more similar than they seem. Mill’s and Nightingale’s work both have the main theme of men dominating over women. Mill introduces his work with, “the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes — the legal subordination of one sex to the other — is wrong in itself…and it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality” (Mill 1156), letting the reader know his stance on the issue right away. Nightingale’s article also starts off with a strong statement in the form of a question.
As previously stated, female (or male) indicates the sex of a person; whereas, woman (or man) defines the persons gend... ... middle of paper ... ...who do otherwise will be subjected to ridicule for feminine type behavior. On the other hand, women are taught to; be emotional, nurturing, submissive, etc. This role we are supposed to play has become who we are and has taken over the essence of our autonomy. We cannot freely live out our innate nature due to this hold that society has placed upon our lives. We have all become in some way or another conformist; whether that is by choice, or by misshapen.
According to Canetti, when we start getting closer to the ground we ar... ... middle of paper ... ...s and practices. All institutions influence and are influenced by the institution of gender. There is a system that is based on the idea of men and women being different yet equal. As children we have learnt that there is segregation between gender classes, as we grow older it becomes embedded into our identity. Society already has rules in place, if we do not follow these rules we face the disappointment of our fellow peers.
How Women should Act to Achieve and Keep Love Why do relationships commonly end in disaster or slowly wither away to nothing? That question could be answered in many ways. Whether the answer lies within the women’s actions, the men’s actions or both, it is something that has been an ongoing occurrence for many years. A valid explanation is that society has different expectations for acceptable male and female behaviors, which ultimately ends is a double standard that ruins relationships. However, another idea that has been more commonly researched in today’s society is that women and men think completely different and just do not understand each other.
Functionalism is a theory “based on the assumption that society is a unified whole that functions because of the contributions of its separate structure” (Ferris, Stein 2014: 22). Sexism plays a role in society because women are most likely to depend on society in order to live a full life. Because women are viewed to be inferior, “women face objectification in almost every pursuit they attempt, whether it be in the workplace or in a relationship” (Thorne 2017). The society women are in makes them feel as if they cannot achieve what they want out of life. In order to keep stability and social order, society “deems the appropriate behavior for men, .