Defining Gender And Sex Discrimination Essay

1255 Words Nov 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Blue, trucks, tough, and football. Apply this seemingly random list to a child and for most people a boy’s face pop into their imagination. If I were to have listed pink, flowers, kind, and volleyball the result is almost always a girl. In the society of the modern world, boys and girls are expected from the moment they are born to exhibit specific traits that contrast from their opposing gender. This discrimination spawns from the words that are spoken by the people and continues to infect all of society into adulthood. Defining gender and sex discrimination in language is important. People who are harmfully targeted are identified and protected, and mediums which are found are used to further eliminate this everlasting botheration.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says “Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person 's sex.” As many words have multiple definitions in the dictionary so does gender discrimination. U.S. Legal claims, “Gender discrimination, also known as sexual discrimination, is any action that specifically denies opportunities, privileges, or rewards to a person (or a group) because of gender.” Looking at gender discrimination on a societal level, in my opinion might be better defined as “treating one person differently than another based on their gender.”
Gender and sex are often used interchangeably in discrimination talks. “Gender” is cultural while “sex” is biological…

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