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Raising Equality

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Throughout history women have been seen as inferior to men. From the time of Joan of Arc to women’s suffrage movements, women have been struggling to gain equality with men. Some may say that this natural order came about because of marriage, where a wife must submit to her husband. In earlier time periods, women were not educated; they learned how to make clothes and cook for their families. And while young girls were learning this, the boys were being educated. Boys would learn to read and write, and the women would stay home remaining illiterate. So from an early age men already had a superior intellect than women. But today things are different: today women are educated equally with men. So one may ask, “why are women sometimes still seen as inferior?” The reasons have to do not with the education one learns in school, but the education that makes one who they are. What really defines who men and women are is how they were raised. Girls are still seen as physically inferior because boys go outside to play with a ball, while girls often will stay inside quietly reading or playing with dolls. Women are seen as emotionally inferior because they are told to be “lady-like” and “people pleasers.” To the contrary, men are told to be tough and superior to their peers. And finally, women are seen as intellectually inferior because instead of experiencing numbers and science, they are given literature to read. The formula for anyone’s life begins with their childhood.

Naturally men are more physically dominant over women. There is no denying the facts that men’s bodies are designed to be physically stronger than women’s. But at the same time this does not mean that women should avoid from playing with men in physical activities. Whe...

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...es. Maybe parents should teach their daughters to be nice but at the same time, teach that girls cannot and should not try to please everybody. And maybe parents should encourage girls to study whatever interests them, whether it is with a microscope or a book. If the women of today want to be truly equal with men, they can start by raising their children that way.

Works Cited

Brooks, David. “Mind over Muscle.” The Language of Composition: Reading Writing Rhetoric. Ed. Renee H. Shea, et. al. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 410-412.

Piercy, Marge. “Barbie Doll.” The Language of Composition: Reading Writing Rhetoric. Ed. Renee H. Shea, et. al. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 403-404.

Theroux, Paul. “Being a Man.” The Language of Composition: Reading Writing Rhetoric. Ed. Renee H. Shea, et. al. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 378-381.
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