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The Importance Of Inequality In Society

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Currently in society, social divisions feature a lot on the prospects of people within each society. According to the Andersen and Collins: “Race, class and gender still matter because they continue to structure society in ways that value some lives more than others”. Sadly this is so very true. Inequality can be experienced in various ways and sadly gender inequality is one of them. “Making men and women different from one another is the essence of gender. It is also the basis of men’s power and domination” (Andersen, 2015, p. 171).
In the video, Flat Broke with Children, Sharon Hays speaks about welfare reform. She talks about how it has affected the lives of many women. When welfare was originally initiated, it was to help widows as they were viewed as poor since the breadwinner was no longer able to provide. The state stepped in as the husband providing for the mother and children, this allowed women to stay home and raise her children, as a "mother" should. Later reform legislation, pushed mothers out of their homes in demeaning jobs, instead of allowing them to stay home and care for their children. So at the
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Sadly many people seem not to realize that the images we see on television continue to not only keep women oppressed, but also in a state of inferiority and portrayed as the weaker of the two sexes. In the video Killing Us Softly 3 Jean Kilbourne defines the media as the main cause of oppression towards women. In her video Kilbourne explains that in advertisements women are held to unrealistic beauty standards. Women are expected to look a certain way based on the perfection created by computers. Women are lead to believe that they are only worthy based on their looks. They are also lead to believe that being a sex symbol is the only way to only be successful. There are images where women were shown in victimized roles, they are also portrayed as sex
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