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Women Inequality

By caviler Mar 11, 2011 1212 Words
Women inequality
Women have almost always been look down as the inferior gender. In Simone De Beauvoir’s Woman as other she discusses the treatment of women throughout history and how they have always been the “back seat” to the man. As I read this literature work and take my own views of the situation from a man’s point of view I will do my best to talk about gender roles, gender stereotypes and gender social stratification while also using references from Simone De Beauvoir’s work. Unlike Simone De Beauvoir response stating that man represents positive and neutral as woman only represents negative, I believe that the word does not take on that kind of power because it’s just a relation to gender maybe in her time it could have meant that much but now a days women are going up I think. I think my views on gender roles are cultural and personal and what I am about to discuss is a up to date version of what Simone De Beauvoir was saying back then. Gender roles determine how males and females should think, speak, dress, and interact within society. These gender schemas are embedded frameworks regarding what defines masculine and feminine. While socializing agents—parents, teachers, peers, movies, television, music, books, and religion—teach and reinforce gender roles throughout the lifespan; parents probably exert the greatest influence, especially on their very young children. Traditionally, fathers teach boys how to fix and build things; mothers teach girls how to cook, sew, and keep house. Children then receive parental approval when they conform to gender expectations and adopt culturally accepted and conventional roles. Then there is the media to back up gender roles. Gender roles adopted during childhood normally continue into adulthood. None of this is meant to imply that gender roles, in and of themselves, are good or bad; they merely exist. Gender roles are realities in almost everyone's life. Like Simone de Beauvoir which believes women are created into these roles which are true with men too. Now there are always going to be stereotypes and as Simone de Beauvoir put it women have been viewed as not being able to do anything without a man being there now I do see where she comes from because I her time period women had no rights but today I think men and women are equal in their positions. Here is what I think on gender stereotypes compared to Simone de Beauvoir they are generalizations about the gender attributes, differences, and roles of individuals. Stereotypes can be positive or negative, but they rarely communicate accurate information about others. When people automatically apply gender assumptions to others regardless of evidence to the contrary, they are perpetuating gender stereotyping. Traditionally, the female stereotypic role is to marry and have children. She is also to put her family's welfare before her own; be loving, compassionate, caring, nurturing, and sympathetic; and find time to be sexy and feel beautiful. The male stereotypic role is to be the financial provider. He is also to be assertive, competitive, independent, courageous, and career-focused; hold his emotions in check; and always initiate sex. These sorts of stereotypes can prove harmful; they can stifle individual expression and creativity, as well as hinder personal and professional growth. The weight of scientific evidence demonstrates that children learn gender stereotypes from adults. Androgyny, which is the blending of feminine and masculine attributes in the same individual. The androgyny person does not fit into a female or male gender role; she or he can express the qualities of both genders. Parents and other socializing agents can teach their children to be androgynous, just as they can teach them to be gender-biased. Emerging as a powerful sociopolitical force beginning in the 1960s, the feminist movement, or women's liberation movement, has lobbied for the rights of women and minorities. Feminists have fought hard to challenge and redefine traditional stereotypic gender roles. I believe through this they have been successful. Now as we go into the last topic I look at her work “Woman as other” and think once again that yes this is true that woman have been considered other but as I have said times have changed the only thing I see that may be the same is I personally don’t think a woman should be without a form of protection. But as we look in society women are getting up there just last presidential election we had two women going for major positions in society our president and to just think that just about 75 years ago women couldn’t even vote. Throughout most of recorded history and around the globe, women have taken a “back seat” to men. Generally speaking, men have had, and continue to have, more physical and social power and status than women, especially in the public arena. Men tend to be more aggressive and violent then women, so they fight wars. This leads to males holding public office, creating laws and rules, defining society, and—some feminists might add—controlling women. For instance, not until the 19th century was women in the United States allowed to own property, vote, testify in court, or serve on a jury explain in Simone de Beauvoir’s work and in other feminist’s writings. Male dominance in a society is termed patriarchy. Sexism is the assumption that men are superior to women. Sexism has always had negative consequences for women. It has caused some women to avoid pursuing successful careers typically described as “masculine”—perhaps to avoid the social impression that they are less desirable as spouses or mothers, or even less “feminine.” Sexism has also caused women to feel inferior to men or to rate themselves negatively. More recently, though, researchers have found the gap in these sorts of ratings to be closing. This may be due to social commentary in the media regarding sexism; growing numbers of successful women in the workforce. Sexism produces inequality between the genders—particularly in the form of discrimination. In comparable positions in the workplace, for example, women generally receive lower wages than men. But sexism can also encourage inequality in more subtle ways. By making women feel inferior to men, society comes to accept this as the truth. When that happens, women enter “the race” with lower self-esteem and fewer expectations, often resulting in lower achievements. Sexism has brought gender inequalities to women in many arenas of life. But inequality has been a special problem in the areas of higher education, work, and politics. So in conclusion I have try my best to express my views as a male gender looking at how the woman’s unequal to the male. I have had help from Simone De Beauvoir’s work “woman as other”. I also researched about women more to understand this subject on gender roles, gender stereotypes, and gender social stratification. As I have said before I respect the women and am proud that they are finally getting up in society as I see it. They have freedom and everything thanks to the people that help make it happen during the feminist movement one of the people being Simone De Beauvoir and other feminist.

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