The Positive And Negative Challenges Of Gender Discrimination

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Whilst it is possible that the discrimination I have experienced is due to the ethnicity the underlines my genetic makeup, I believe that it is mainly due to my gender. Growing up in a predominantly white, middle class environment I was subjected to the enforcement of stringent gender stereotypes. Despite women’s advancement in working labour, men and woman from the same location experience the world in different ways, which is based on the way they are treated by others (Connerly & Pederson, 2005). Women continue to be primarily responsible for childcare and household labour (Rehman, 2002), as a result they are still subject to sexism.
This sexism reinforces the stereotypically appropriate roles imposed on women (Stodolska & Jackson, 1998), and this revealed itself during my adolescence. I experienced bullying throughout my teenage years, with sexist remarks to ‘get back in the kitchen’. Usually I could to ignore such taunts, but was greatly impacted by it in a professional environment. At the age of
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This perspective holds the view that racism and discrimination have been replaced by equal opportunity, and that one’s qualifications not ethnicity, is the mechanism by which judgements should be made (Anderson & Hill-Collins, 2004). Whist this view is fairly narrow, it focuses on the positive aspects of cultures to create meaningful ways of interacting (Connerly & Pederson, 2005). However, acknowledging the negative aspects of a culture is also significant, as it permits us to determine why these aspects are genuinely negative (Connerly & Pederson, 2005). Therefore, there is a major flaw with this perspective and that is that it doesn’t consider that there is an inequality in race, therefore the colour-blind perspective maintains white privilege by negating such inequalities (Anderson & Hill-Collins,

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