Gender And Gender Equality : Prejudice And Lack Of Understanding

1031 Words Mar 17th, 2016 5 Pages
We have all the time in the world meaning we can achieve anything we wish. With twenty-four hours in a day, any woman or man could accomplish amazing feats. But whether we look to our past or present there is always something that we do to limit the genders. We have denied other genders and yet we have described ourselves, Australians, as accepting and kind? We have laws to prevent discrimination, and days to celebrate the forgotten, but this is not enough. If we truly valued and believed in gender equality our attitudes would be much more positive. We are confronted by degradation, forgetfulness and lack of understanding. Is it the fault of not being taught about acceptance? Is stereotyping and gender normativity our downfall as Australian 's - as human beings?
Historically, Caucasian men held the power, leaving women marginalised and oppressed furthermore, submissive and inferior to men. In this patriarchal society only men could prosper. Women were refused schooling; they were merely taught how to cook, clean and look after the needs of men and children. They were assigned their gender roles and were held subservient. In the 1998 novel Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne, Gary "Blacky" Black lived in a community where men were predominant. There are very few female characters present throughout the novel, the women’s purpose was to give advice and tend to the children or even to be a simple love interest. At many points, his mother is seen doing chores such as laundry and…

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