Essay on The And Hindu Vs. Hindu

1028 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Economists, theologians, and sociologists have all hypothesized why societies, both Christian and Hindu, continue to embrace defined gender roles. Economically, financially independent women are often perceived as a threat. An Oregon survey of engineers reported, “Men maintained their objection (to the pay increase of women ) even though their own wage would not be lowered if the women’s wage were increased” (Aker 456) . A proposed explanation was the potential degradation of a man’s self-esteem if pay was equitable. In addition, despite higher education, professional jobs such as a physician have documented a discrepancy of females earning 74% of their male counterparts in the USA (Hill) and 55.75% in India (Varkkey). Finally, sociologists speculate the financial independence of women diminishes the power of men. Ultimately, fear of a loss of power perpetuates the continuation of predetermined gender roles. Therefore, how can society change cultural values so male self-worth is not quantified as power through domination over females? The rhetorical nature of this question terrifies me as a female living in a patriarchal society, who will likely experience this phenomena in the work force and life unless a change in prescribed gender roles is imminent. Regardless of financial independence, woman in both the USA and India feel an obligation to play a significant role in the domestic sphere. Despite working a full time job outside the home, women often cook dinner,…

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