Gender And Race Inequality Essay

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Gender and race inequality have been prevalent in society for many years. Both issues have been explored by numerous sociologists who have tried to find an explanation for these problems. More than one explanation has been procured, and no one explanation is able to fully embrace the entirety of the issue. One of the most popular, and sometimes slightly controversial, approaches that has been used to investigate the roots of the problem was introduced by Karl Marx during the mid-to-late 19th century: Marxism. This approach looks at the fiscal and hierarchical structure of society and it can be applied to gender and race issues that have popped up over the years. A recent issue that has been voiced by social media involves the unequal payment …show more content…
According to the Variety Magazine, “Women with full-time jobs made 79¢ for every dollar men were paid, a statistic that has steadily risen since 1974, when it was 59¢” (Setoodeh). The key word in this data is the word “steadily.” The word implies that wages are still on the rise, and will probably continue to be on the rise for some time. But this raises an issue when it comes to time and equality rights. Why, for example, has the rise in women’s wages not risen to equal that of what a man earns already? A lot of time has passed by since the initial complaint against payment inequality was first brought forth, which theoretically should give the country enough to sustain the change. Perhaps the economy may have something to do with …show more content…
Women do not constitute 50% of the acting portion of the movie industry, as would be expected. Instead, according to Time Magazine, “Women made up just 22% of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2015 and 34% of major characters” (Adamczyk). These numbers are significantly less than the anticipated 50%. One argument as to why this is the case was mentioned previously, where the majority of blockbusters have male protagonist. One of the more controversial topics has more of an economic basis to it: “Many argue that this stems from the antiquated and false notion that films starring women don’t sell” (Berg). The article that mentioned this claim gave examples where the belief that films starring women do not sell well is completely wrong. For example, Frozen, Inside Out, Maleficent, and Cinderella were hits! Different consumers simply have different tastes, so it is wrong to assume that all of the people that watch movies are into action movies where men are the protagonists or that they are all into Disney movies that have princesses (female

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