Gender & Culture Bias

Topics: Bias, Scientific method, Critical thinking Pages: 3 (680 words) Published: July 24, 2013
Gender and Culture Bias
James C. Horton Jr.
PSY400 UK - Counseling Theories
Argosy University

Introduction: To be bias or unbiased

Bias or unbiased, most people know that we should base our decisions and acts in unbiased mentality. However lots of the bias of the world is generated to protect or warn others of potential problems or issues. As fear can be and is healthy in certain situations bias can be also. This of course is not always the case and although sponsored by love bias can send wrong messages and implications that can have effects for a lifetime.

Bias of the Century - Culture vs. Gender

The scenario: Debrah's son Anthony who is 13 years old has an East Indian friend called Chaya. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kapoor object to their daughter being friends with Anthony. They tell Debrah that they think Anthony is a fine boy, but that they think it is inappropriate for Chaya to be playing football with other boys. They say that even though they live in America, they cannot forget their own culture and that it is time for Chaya to stop being a child and to start being a girl.

Looking at the scenario there are a few biases or preconceptions that I observed. One is with the culture in America. It is perceived to be of lesser value in contrast to their culture. In the area of gender the parents seem to think that there is not acting like a girl should act. Which both are reflected in the statement, “They say that even though they live in America, they cannot forget their own culture and that it is time for Chaya to stop being a child and to start being a girl.”

Bias Can Breed Defense

For a minute let’s look at Mrs. Kapoor and a potential reaction this statement by a feminist, “Women have been restricted by their cultural conditioning and by accepting gender-role stereotypes that keep them in an inferior position.”

Taking into account the scenario I feel that this statement would...

References: Davis, Dr. Carmen. 2000 “Feminist Therapy” Lecture Notes Argosy University Retrieved from: Counseling Theories | PSY400 UK Class
Seligman, Linda C. 2006 “Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Systems, Strategies, and Skills, 2nd Edition” Pearson Prentice Hall Retrieved from: VitalSource Bookshelf
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