Topics: Lupe Fiasco, Gender, Sociology Pages: 5 (1638 words) Published: December 11, 2012
The understanding of oppression

Oppression and all its invisible forms keep us as a people divided why? In my paper I will be discussing the many forms of oppression and how to understand oppression and why it works as a whole to keep minorities at large subjugated without them even knowing it at times. to truly understand oppression one has to experience it. I mention in my paper many injustices about “African American” struggles and women struggles as well. To better grasp this idea of white privilege and male privilege one must first have to except the fact that there is an advantage race and a disadvantage race and it is clearly a man made “social construction” of what this society deemed right and ethical.

The understanding of oppression
The ideas that I posses that perpetuate the inequality of other’s is that different racial and ethnic groups are unequal in power, resources, prestige, and presumed worth. The basic reason is power, power derived from superior numbers, technology, weapons, property, or economic resources. Those holding superior power in a society (the majority group) establish a system of inequality by dominating less-powerful groups. This system of inequality is then maintained and perpetuated through social forces. It would make it difficult to recognize the ways we participate in transforming difference into equality because of the fact that, analyses of gender inequality attribute great importance to the economy. Gender inequality appears everywhere embedded in economic inequality, in the sense that a critical aspect of gender inequality involves unequal access to economic resources and positions. This relationship becomes clearer in more "advanced" societies where economic organization has become institutionally differentiated from kinship and political organization. Sometimes this unequal economic access is understood as an expression of gender inequality, sometimes a cause of gender inequality, can bring people of all races together. Being that said I think that Dr. Martin Luther king brought us “especially African Americans” to a more equal society especially with all of the corruption going on in America. Here is a quote from Dr. King “No one else is free while others are oppressed”, states Martin L. King. It is an essential claim that women and African Americans were once oppressed. What is oppression? Oppression is the subjugation by one group to another group. By being oppressed you are being denied your human right to be an equal. Equality should not be an unattainable ideal that is only imagined in
a far off place. Equality should be realistic and true. However, is equality just an unrealistic ideal for women in today’s society? To achieve a goal of equality, oppression has to be dealt with in the way we talk, the way we live, and the way we are taught. The treatment of women in today’s society is related to culture and the society we are living in. Marilyn Frye, a retired Philosophy Professor & Feminist Theorist relates oppression to a birdcage. “You cannot see oppression just by looking at one bar in the cage; you have to look at the whole picture. Only by taking a couple steps back can you see that oppression is in our homes and in our everyday lives“. This is where institutionalization, interpersonal and internalized oppression differentiated from oppression and that is we live in a man's world and a white world, and we also live in a society of double standards as well. Take for example our language; this form of communication describes our values and attitudes. In language women are often oppressed in words such as: Mrs., Miss, Ms.. This form of language is a tool for ownership. If we hear the word Mrs., automatically she is married or “owned” by her husband. However, Mr. is only used in one connotation. Like Frye’s expression “unless looked...
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