Essay on Gender Inequality : Boys Will Be Boys

756 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Boys Will Be Boys “Boys will be boys”, is a saying that is heard all too often. Many think of it as a rational reasoning for a male child’s behavior. However, is it really a rational reasoning? What does such a seemingly harmless saying really do? “Boys will be boys” is an excuse for unacceptable behavior by a male taking no responsibility for their actions by blaming it on their gender. Not only does this saying not take responsibility for a male’s behavior but it also sets a standard for gender inequality. This is one simple way that many ingrain a patriarchal society in young children’s minds. This saying tells young girls that their same behavior is unacceptable for them but acceptable for their brothers. A female must always act to a certain standard while a male has lower standards set for them by society. Simple saying like, “Boys will be boys”, ingrain a difference between males and females that leads to gender inequality. Gender inequality is prevalent in western society especially in relationships and in the workplace. The strict dichotomy between genders should be eliminated in society. Gender inequality is easily seen in the workplace through pay gaps between men and women. In the United States of America, in 2009, woman made 77 cents to every dollar that a male earned (Williams 1). This study only took in account of salaries of those who worked full time and year round. Throughout a woman’s life, she will earn around 23% to 27% less of what an equal male…

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