Oppression and Women

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The word oppression still exists in the everyday lives of women but has changed its tyrannical implications, meaning there is no dictator to influence or force negative actions toward women gender. According to Iris Young, the author of the chapter Five Faces of Oppression, the word oppression has come to represent communities and individuals that are being discriminated by the way society is structured, rather than a single leader oppression. Most people do not think women are subjected to discrimination but it still exists, yet women individually have proven that they are able to overcome it.

As a woman, I most definitely agree that we are often the receivers of violence from dominant groups like men, and are often expected to be okay with living in the patriarchy which we do today. While I am fortunate that I have not experienced any serious violence from a man, sadly I know many of my friends that have been the victims of violence and abuse against them, based solely on their gender. I agree that many women do have to live in fear everyday of possible violence against them, whether it is from a stranger or not. As I am finishing up my college education and ready to venture out into the real world to pursue a career, I am well aware of the discrimination that many women have to deal with while trying to get ahead. By just being a woman, there are stereotypes which are often upheld by men, making it difficult for many women to reach their full potential and success in what are otherwise considered a “man’s occupation”. This is not always true. A perfect example of a man and woman working side by side with equal power in the decision making and their successes are my parents. For over twenty-five years my parents owned a successful restaurant business defeating the stereotypical, “glass ceiling,” “a term used to describe barriers that prevent women and minorities from advancing to management positions in corporations and organizations” (GLASS CEILING). Not...
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