Women 's Influence On Women

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For women to succeed in American culture women must conform to masculinity to show power and the ability to lead. In American culture women must act like men to gain positions of power and become respected in a man’s world. The way women dress and act plays a large role in how men view them. To join the men’s world, women must become accepted by the group of men she is trying to join. High paying and important CEO positions are typically held by men, and by acting like a man a woman can inch closer to that status. Hard work and intellect are still a viable option to succeeding as a woman. To become as successful as the most important men, women must take on the characteristics of a man. The largest occurrence of women taking on masculinity shows up in the work place. Ariel Levy discusses raunch culture as well as tomming in the female world and its effects on how women are treated. Levy begins to discuss masculinity in women by quoting Gail Sheehy who said that, “from behind, the silhouette of the freshman senator from New York looks like that of a man” (gtd. in Levy 268)...

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