Topics: Gender, Gender role, Mother Pages: 2 (877 words) Published: January 7, 2013
Sexism Narrative Argument
My life is like a 60’s television show. I am pretty much forced to stay home, clean, do my homework, keep my grades perfect, always follow the rules, and never make a mistake. On the other hand, my brother can go out, get whatever grades he “tries his best for”, break the rules without punishment, and learn from the mistakes he makes. Being a girl alters the way rules go for me. It is like opposite day every day for me because even though I am the most responsible, I can’t really go out because I have to stay home and do what needs to get done, while my brother who isn’t very responsible gets to do what his heart desires.

My mom and I have a lot in common, not only because we are both females or that she is my mother and I have inherited some of her traits, but because of the fact of the gender roles in our lives. Mexican families have strong beliefs that the females are perfect; that they should be the ones to cook, clean, and do everything the way it should be done. While males get to be pampered by the women in their lives. Being a girl creates a lot of restrictions, but being a Mexican girl just takes it to a whole other level.

My brother and I have completely different roles in my family. I have to clean the whole house, including the bathroom that my brother and I share. I get yelled at for the mess he makes and I’m supposed to clean it without complaining. Being told to clean something usually ends up in punishment; I’m supposed to do something without being asked because I should “already know” to do it. The only duties my brother has is to make sure his room is semi-clean, and to check the oil in his car. His chores are done every once in a while, while mine are to be done every single day. The other day I was getting ready to go to my friend’s house, and as I was walking out the door, my dad made me come back and wash the dishes because I had forgotten to the night before. When I asked him why my brother couldn't just...
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