For my op-ed piece, I have decided to choose not only a topic that is relevant to the class, but also one that is relevant to me: gender inequality. Specifically, I would like to address the question, “why is ‘feminism’ considered a ‘dirty word’?” Viewing gender inequality from a sociological perspective, we can see that social issues regarding gender inequality, such as rape, are not the fault of “weak” women, nor are they the fault of independently aggressive men, but rather the result of purposefully erected societal structures designed to disempower women and non-binary genders. We can see this trend deeply embedded in every aspect of our culture and others: from the small, sayings and attitudes such as “boys will be boys;” to the common
Human beings have been, and always will be, dichotomized into either male or female. When determining a person’s sex we often look for differences in facial features, body shape or mannerism’s, but another promising way to determine a persons sex and one that is most often used today, is through gender roles. Gender roles are behaviors that portray masculinity or femininity. The theory behind gender roles through multidisciplinary viewpoints is the focus of this paper. Throughout history and in every culture these roles have shifted and transformed into what society says is expectable. In this analysis, gender roles will be examined through a sociological, biological and evolutionary scope.
A huge controversy within society today is the debate between gender equality. I view gender equality is necessary to sustain a stable community. Some may disagree and say social status between men and women are infrequent because they say men have more power than women. According to Roxane Gay’s article, Bad Feminist, she states that good women adhere to standards of wearing make up, specific clothing, being charming, polite, and earning 77 percent of what men earn. If women do not fall under these categories, they maybe considered as bad women to society. Women are already subjugated as deteriorate to men regardless if they are considered as good or bad. Over time, the word feminism, which means women’s rights of economic, political, and social status should be equal to men, has taken on a negative view. Comparing with Julia Serano’s article, Why Nice Guys Finish Last, she explains how women and men are categorized when involved in rap culture. Rape is horrible, and how society normally views
The issue of gender inequality will never truly be solved in the United States. This arises from differences in socially constructed gender roles as well as biologically through hormonal differences, chromosomes, and brain structures. Gender inequality is defined as unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on gender. One of the reasons for gender inequality is income disparities. Another reason is because of the positions in the workplace. Thirdly, the reason is because of beliefs that one another has. For these reasons is why these situations should be examined to get to the root of the problem.
Gender, what is gender? Where does it come from? How long has it existed? These are all very good question and questions that are asked a lot in today’s modern society. Most people think of gender as the physical features of a man and a woman, but it is not just physical features that define gender. There are obvious biological differences between a man and a woman, but is that what gender is defined by? There are many different theories on gender and how it is defined. How is gender inequality present in today’s world?
Barbara Kingsolver criticizes gender inequality by comparing the similarities of the Congolese culture and that of the Americans. In Nearly all eras of society, man has dominated over woman. The female kind have never (until our modern time) had a say in politics, have been able to neither obtain education, nor have been able to acquire their own finances. Throughout the Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver accentuates the oppression of men over women.
This endeavor is necessary to protect women’s rights in the labor force in matters such as sexual harassment, salary, work opportunities, etc. Currently, there are several trade unions in Malaysia namely Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) and Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS). However, specific trade unions that fight for women and their equal rights does not exist. At the most, women are only a small part of the committee in general trade unions due to a low number of female workers in the labor force. Therefore, the formation of FTAs can reap benefits in terms of gender inequality and female labor participation which eventually leads to an increase in income per capita and economy
In current society, social divisions feature a lot on the prospects of people within each society. This essay will explain how the in such concepts as women being forced into unpaid labour, male dominance over females in employment, the sexualisation of women in the media as well as briefly looking into inequalities within violence. Through discussing each of these concepts, we can compare the historical context of gender inequalities to the present day to see if things have improved or deteriorated in modern society.
There is this question which has been plaguing me for quite some time now. The front pages of all newspapers around a year back ran the story of a woman who had been picked up from a Chicago night club by a group of young men, and brutally raped and beaten up, before she was cast off in a darkened alley somewhere. No matter where I went, this was the only piece of news which interested people enough to keep on talking about it, with of course their own views, deductions, and analyses. Good enough, as majority of the people were all for the criminals getting severe penalty for the monstrous atrocity they had inflicted on a 37-year old woman, a mother of two. A woman, subjected to severe physical torture and mental trauma, deserved the support and emotional encouragement for the attainment of justice. And doggedly determined and resolute in this pursuit of justice for a wrongly treated woman was the Commissioner of Police. Admirable! Justice eventually was meted out, with all the convicts given life imprisonment.
The patriarchy—a system or society in which men hold power—is often the cause of current sexism. The patriarchy is what establishes women as lesser than men and demonizes them for basic human functions, such as having thoughts and opinions. The patriarchy has negatively affected women for years and continues to do so, even if done unknowingly. Men in the 21st century continue to oppress women through this thought system that has existed for decades, causing men to see women in a lesser degree than they see themselves. Men today, in many cultures, even developed ones, tend to see themselves as dominant over women and have a harmful tendency to disregard women as a
Gender equality has ceased from being an issue and emerge to be a very strong concern worldwide. It is defined as a measurable equal representation of women and men in whatever place. These definition does not insist that the dyad are the same but they have equal value and should be accorded same treatment. It is now a strong tide in the United Nation meetings and several protocol have been issued out to different civilizations to follow to ensure there is gender equality in different nations.
I like the quote from President Obama that opens up chapter 10 on gender inequality, “These traditions may go back centuries; [but] they have no place in the 21st century” (Mooney 318). Tradition often times can become the enemy of progress, and although it’s important to acknowledge your own cultural bias when criticizing another for their own backwards values, when it comes to human rights abuses and endangering the well-being of others it’s important to remain vocal. Although transgenderism has permeated American culture for a long time, mostly jeered at by making fun of stereotypical representations of all non-cisgender individuals as drag queens, divas, butch, etc., it really became a debate at the forefront of American culture in 2015 when former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner announced his male-to-female transition and became known as Caitlyn Jenner. Sex changes have happened in the past, usually on the fringe of society, but it’s an unprecedented occurrence with such a high-profile celebrity. At the same time, M.C. v. Medical University of South Carolina was underway in the Supreme Court system over the distinction between sex and gender. According to the textbook, sex is officially defined as “a person’s biological classification as a male or female” while on the other hand gender is defined as “the social definitions and expectations associated with being female or male” (Mooney 320). Therefore, while one could be born male and biologically be considered as such, they could feel more comfortable identifying as the opposite gender, as transgender individuals do. Though gender inequality is undeniably still present today, I do think it’s a bold claim the textbook makes that “there is no country in the world in which men and ...
Whoever said men and women are equal must be blind. Women have always taken a back seat to men in American society. This occurrence is not only found in the United States, but in other countries as well. It's safe to say that the Declaration of Independence started it, and it has continued to the present. There is one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that apply to women. This is evident in the home, workplace, and society in general.
Gender inequality is a very bad situation through the world that needs to be fixed. Throughout the world, many women live with an unfair lifestyle, many with only a smattering rights. Bringing awareness to the topic of gender inequality and persecution is the crux for modern America and the rest of the world. Aside from gender inequality impacting teenagers, authors can impact readers when writing about social inequality and many genres can be used as a proactive tool.
In this paper I am going to look into gender inequality. Gender inequality is not fair towards women. So in this paper I will be summarizing a three articles that have to do with the inequalities females face in today’s world. Gender roles are still creating an image where a woman can’t go and provide for her family. If all men and women were created equally then why are females still considered the weaker sex? I hope to show you of the gender inequality that still occurs in the world we live in today.