Mark Justine O. Borreros
February 21, 2012
Men and women have always had their differences, but do those make their lives easier compared to the other? Women have the evident disadvantages and heinous events and activities, however, men have their disadvantages as well in a less obvious manner. Although I am a female and somewhat believe women do have it harder because of the physical distinctions, I feel men have their shortcomings as well, more in the sense of things they cannot get away with. However, difficulties of men and women tend to even out as time goes by and society progresses as a community. Thus, both sexes have their advantages over each other and can say they can do certain things just because “they are a girl” or because “they are a guy,” which is supposed to be reasonable enough to continue their actions. This balance is something that is probably better for the world instead of extreme and literal equality. Both sexes have certain aspects to overcome the opposite sex, yet neither is better than the other.
However, once the contrast between men and women has been increased and accentuated in this fashion, it is usually taken as a further manifestation of biological differences which confirm the need for different social roles. Or, to put it another way, sex differences are used to create gender differences which are then explained as sex differences which, in turn, require gender differences, and so on. This may be no more than circular reasoning, but it is socially very effective. For example, in our own patriarchal society males enjoy a socially dominant position. Thus, from an early age, boys are helped to acquire a masculinity that allows them to assume and maintain that position. By the same token, girls are taught to cultivate a submissive femininity. The resulting difference in the male and female character is then described as inborn and used to defend the existing power arrangement. Only those who accept it are normal, and only they can expect to succeed. The male social role is designed to reward masculine men, while the female social role offers its relative advantages only to feminine women. In other words, masculinity and femininity are gender qualities which are developed in response to social discrimination. However, once they have been developed, they justify and cement it. The masculine and feminine gender roles mutually reinforce each other and thereby perpetuate the inequality on which they are based.
What if women dominates men in some roles of society. Lets take a specific problem if women change the role of a men.
Nowadays, wherever you tilt your head in public roads and highways, you always see men driving buses,truck, cars, jeepneys or even tricycles and motorcycles. It is unusual to see a woman driving a car or even a jeepneys. It shows that men are more capable of driving or more better drivers than women. But today, several accidents happen in public road because of reckless and irresponsible driving of which male drivers are involved. There are also over-speeding, disobeying traffic rules and regulations., power tripping. These are also some of the reasons why there is a widening range of vehicular accidents nowadays. Accidents that kill not only the lives of people responsible of these issues but also those who are innocent. What characteristics and attitudes must the driver have?
Drivers must at all times, abide by the safety regulations of the road and most importantly stick to the speed limits or stick to a speed which will allow one to stop within a safe distance. Drivers must, most importantly, take responsibility for themselves at all times. By this I mean, they must know that they should not drive if they feel tired, sick, drunk or upset. They must also ensure that the appropriate eye wear or hearing aid be worn if necessary. Patience is a quality in which drivers must exercise. They must be cautious especially on wet roads, pedestrian...
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