Gender Identity Reflection
I identify as female but feel like I have to hold myself to a higher standard because I am a white female. Looking the way that I look, such as blonde hair and light eyes, I feel like people judge me a certain way. I have heard all through my school years that I am not intelligent because I have blonde hair. Do you realize how many times I have been the subject of blonde jokes? Society thinks that just because I have blonde hair that I am not as intelligent than a white woman with dark hair. Also, up until last summer I had really long hair. I realized that people treat me different in the workplace once I cut my hair. It seemed like people took me more …show more content…
I could see and hear the nerves from answering such challenging questions and it made me nervous just watching it. It is great to see how much more aware of racism and white privilege than I was before. Being in this class and going through the asynchronous material including the Tim Wise videos and the interview with Paul Marcus, I have learned so much. I have learned just how prevalent racism is in today’s society. This is one course that I can say has helped me become a better social worker and person.
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Marcus, P. (n.d.) Understanding systemic racism with Paul Marcus (Personal interview).
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Wise, T. (2013). White Privilege, Racism, White Denial, & the Cost of Inequality. Retrieved from