Gender Equality: Equality And Equality In America

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Gender Equality
Growing up most of us learned that the father was the the provider and the head of the family. The mother usually stayed at home cleaning and making dinner. Throughout the years this idea has changed extensively. More households have become two working parent families households. In the last few decades we have fought for equality and human rights we all should have and succeeded, yet there is still change to be made. We live in a patriarchy or a society that gives men the power and the women do not get much power or say in day to day ordeals. America prides itself on being the land of the free and fair to all, yet it still gives men more power than women. We should have an egalitarian society which is the belief that all people
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An egalitarian society would rise competition in all areas and fields.
We as humans have the right to have and exercise our basic freedoms and rights. As Aaron H. Devor pointed out “Popular conceptions of femininity and masculinity instead revolve around hierarchical appraisals of the “natural” roles of males and females. Members of both genders are believed to share many of the same human characteristics, although in different relative proportions; both males and females are popularly thought to be able to do many of the same things, but most activities are divided into suitable and unsuitable categories for each gender class. Persons who perform the activities considered appropriate for another gender will be expected to perform them poorly; if they succeed adequately, or even well, at their endeavors, they may be rewarded with ridicule or scorn for blurring the gender dividing line.”(391) We are all human so why do we tend to separate ourselves by gender? Why should men get paid more than a woman when they are putting in the same amount of work? It is also interesting to note that we have not had a female president here in the United States. Men are not seen above women yet there are limiting factors that suppress women. As children we learn from peers and parents
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Woman would rise up and have the same chances as men. The performance level and qualifications for all careers would rise, which only means our society would have the best qualified professionals working with or for us. There would be a chance for more little girls to think they can be scientist, engineers and for little boys to want to be nurses or stay at home dads. Woman and men would be respected equally. In his essay Jean Kilbourne writes “Over half of all reported rapes on college campuses occur when either the victim or the assailant has been drinking. Alcohol’s role has different meaning for men and women, however. If a woman is drunk (or has a drink or two or simply met the man in a bar), she is considered more responsible.” (426) explaining how still women are held responsible for the wrongful actions of men. In the case of rape any person in their right mind would agree that the assailant was the one responsible for this crime not the victim, whether it be a man or woman, the one who made the assault is and should be legally responsible. When rape comes to mind most think of the assailant as women because they are seen as weak and unable to defend themselves but according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1 in 33 men experienced or had been raped in their life and “2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.” opening our eyes to the reality

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