Gender Inequality In Society Essay

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Secondly, in order to show how gender inequality is harmful to society, I will point out its dangers. Some people think that pursuing gender equality is harmful to women. “Feminism Has Harmed Women by Eliminating Natural Gender Roles”, by Nicole M. Kooistra states that “Women have bought into a feminist mystique that has left them more alone and conflicted in their pursuit of fulfillment than ever before.” This mentality that women cannot fulfil themselves unless they get married, have children, cook, and clean is a disastrous mindset. Women no longer feel obligated to pursue the ‘1950’s housewife’ character. However, women are still criticized for striving to achieve their goals which, god forbid, may question ‘natural gender roles’. Women …show more content…
We see this most prominently in advertising. Half naked women are often plastered on posters in many malls, yet this is acceptable and even promoted. However, when mothers attempt to breastfeed their babies in public, many take offense. Society is okay with the sexualization of women, because they are portrayed as an object to appease an audience. When women are questioned for breastfeeding in public, it is because they are not benefitting society. This solely comes down to the fact that society is taught at an early age girls are to be objects for entertainment. Not only does gender inequality physically objectify women, it is mentally harmful to them as well. Many young girls have grown up with the mentality that their job in life is to marry a man, have children, cook, clean house, and tend to the family’s every need. For all of the daughters out there that aspire to become astronauts, doctors, and political leaders, their hopes of achieving those dreams are diminished because they feel that they cannot challenge a ‘man’s job’. Society teaches our daughters that being a girl means being weak, and …show more content…
The first step in the battle of gender equality is to teach this generation of girls that they have the power to change society’s mind. Emma Watson stated at the United Nations during a speech on gender equality, “I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men”. Young women like Watson take many steps to bring life into the relevancy and importance of gender equality throughout the world. It is necessary for young girls to feel important when it comes to solving the age old problem of gender inequality. I believe that in order for gender inequality to disappear altogether, parents everywhere must teach their daughters to challenge the stereotypes that they are faced with every day. If young girls are taught to pursue their passions, and never let anything get in their way our society will accept the fact that women share equal rights and opportunities to those of men. This may take a while, and won’t be an easy task, but just like any other movement of equality it will pay off. When our daughters see the limitations gender inequality pose on their lives,

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