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Gender Inequality Reflection Paper

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Gender inequality was something I was very much aware of early on in life. As a teenager, I felt that social injustice against minority groups was morally wrong and liked having friends who were a different race than me. However, it wasn’t until reading Peggy McIntosh’s during my social work undergraduate race and diversity class in 2006, that I realized how much privilege I had as a white woman. “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage,” (McIntosh, 1988). In that diversity course, I became educated on how being “colorblind” or having an illusion of race neutrality…show more content…
Elizabeth Minnich exhibited, “whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal,” (McIntosh, 1988). As a Women’s and Gender plus Diversity major, I was in a panel discussion with a fellow student who is a black female. She was very swift in correcting my language in regards to feminism, and that the black experience could not be separate from a woman who is black. I was introduced to the workings of Michael Kimmel, who exposed that, “Only white people in our society have the luxury not to think about race every minute of their lives,” (Kimmel, p. 7, 2008). Through his realization, I adopted the phrase, “Privilege is invisible to those who have it.” Invisibility “creates a neurotic oscillation between a sense of entitlement and a sense of unearned privilege,” as journalist Edward Ball put it (Kimmel, p. 7, 2008). I believe that until race and privilege is visible to both white men and women, that the issues of race relations will not be addressed…show more content…
Also, there are hints in this statement of the standards of beauty in American culture. For white people, these things may never be noticed, but for people of color, they see every day. When I went to a Christian bookstore owned by an African-American woman, I noticed she had a large greeting card selection that feature characters or photos with dark-skinned people. I realized that Walmart doesn’t have a good selection, and only a small number of cards in Spanish for that manner. In addition, I observed that a daycare I worked with had many white dolls, and only one black doll. I concluded that I want to offer my child a culturally diverse learning
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