Diuvska N. Quiñones
August 26, 2013
Professor G. Pieri
Sexism and Bigotry.
By definition the term sexism means prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex; in restricted job opportunities; especially, such discrimination directed against women. As well a bigot is a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race. As I researched for this paper in the Museum of Tolerance in N.Y., I learned that the human mind makes 11 assumptions about a person in the first 7 seconds of meeting them. We must be aware of this in order to take a positive action rather than a negative approach based on false assumptions. Is it fair to say that everyone is a sexist and/or a bigot? I will be blunt enough to affirm that hypothesis, bases on the fact that our borrow values and our social construct drive us in that direction. As Mr. Anthony Porter verbally expresses in his lecture “A Call to Men” we must break from the so called “MAN BOX” and teach boys and men that not being part of the mainstream male dominant society is perfectly correct. The power that an image holds has depicted many things in American culture during the 20th and 21st centuries; such as propaganda, stereotyping, and the dehumanization of minority groups. In the same form, the power of words, which can lift a person, has brought down ethnic groups all over the world.
Words have power; they can inspire, incite, can be hateful, can terrify, can be destructive and intimidating, as well as have consequences… In the museum, I observed a propaganda poster from 1917 that stated: “Gee!! I wish I were a man, I'd join the Navy. Be a man and do it - United States Navy recruiting station (artist Howard Chandler Christy 1917). The poster showing a young woman in a Navy uniform during World War I.” As I read and saw the visual I was livid not only about the sexism, but also about the exploitation of woman through...
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