When I tell people that I am an open feminist, some assume that I automatically “hate men,” or believe that women are above men. This is plainly not true. I believe that, to the extent that we can be, men and women should be treated as equals. Although there was much progress during the 1920’s towards women’s rights (specifically, the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920), it slid backwards in the over the next two decades. There were approximately 1,000 discriminatory laws passed in the United States in the around that time period that prevented women from having the same rights as men.
In terms of gender and power, I think that the writers and producers have stuck with the societal stereotype of men being the more powerful characters. House, M.D. aside, we live in a society where men hold the power and are able to gain power much more easily than women. Women tend to have far more barriers to getting power. Take a look at Hillary Clinton for example.
She said, “Women are usually credited with being more emotional than men; less able to hold an objective point of view, more given to injecting the personal note.” Then she followed by saying “Taken by and large, however, you will find more men than women discussing questions of public policy when they get together.” Roosevelt is judging women based on mass and stereotype. Not every woman is the same, but she is correct that most women couldn’t handle being president, but not all men could be either. Just because you’re male doesn’t make you the perfect fit so why should women be judged the same. What about that one woman that did enjoy questioning public policy, but was told she couldn’t because most other women didn’t. Toward the end of her speech, Roosevelt said: “That, however, does not alter the fact that women cannot afford to fail in any work which they undertake, particularly if it is work of a public character.” Women have never been given the chance to fail.
Gander stereotypes could limit women’s and men’s capacity to develop their personal abilities. There are many gender stereotypes about men and women such as men are leaders, men are strong, men are rulers, but women are treated conversely like a second gender. In the poem "Rite of Passage," Sharon Olds describes all today's stereotypes about male and shows how the world views a normal man in a society. Also, in the writing "The War Against Boys" Christina Hoff Sommers writes Patricia O'Reilly opinion about that "It is really clear that boys are Number One in this society and in most of the world" (283). All those gender stereotypes could lead to misogyny, sexual harassment, and violence into families, at school, even on streets.
The difference between ladies and women might not be overt but it is very much there. While the word women is used to describe any female human the age of 18 or above, ladies is used to describe a special kind of woman, one that is ranked higher in society and more respected. So, what these signs are subconsciously telling saying is that, white women are a higher class and should be respected more than black women. Last year my friend and I were having a debate as to why he should not refer to women as “females” rather than “women”. Being the man that he is, on the surface, he didn’t see that there was a problem with what he was doing.
“Deep cultural beliefs in male/female differences in attitudes and abilities supported this situation and giving the women the vote posed a direct threat to male powers and privileges” (Cooney Robert Taking a New Look - The Enduring Significance of the American Woman Suffrage Movement). Some groups of activists and reformers were against
she says that god made them equal but then men created classes where they were higher ranked than women. She says that men denied them opportunities such as voting and others and forced women to become less valued than men. She also was very focused on getting rid of the term separate spheres. Her main points were that women and men have equal rights and women should be able to be involved in
The Impact of Women's Suffrage on the U.S. The right to vote is perhaps the most coveted of American liberties. Without the right to vote, populations of people in the United States would cease to have key representation in this representative democratic government. But with the enormous societal emphasis that America puts on voting and elections in the modern status quo, little focus is placed on the incredibly surprising fact that, for much of American history, the right to vote was not one bestowed to all citizens. Instead, hundreds of years persisted in the United States in which the majority of the population did not have any say in the inner workings of their government—at least so far
Since most men are attracted to women this is the leading reasons women in the military are more likely to be raped than men . Enemies think that since women are weaker and less emotionally stable they would be more likely to break and give up information (Herbert). Having women in the military would weaken the fighting force and make the military less safe. The decision to have women in the military is a poor one that would weaken the military significantly. Women in the military would decrease control and add susceptibility (Book).
Women have fought for many years for their place in the workplace, but that fight isn’t over. According to the latest US Census, women earn just 77% of what men earn for the same amount of work. In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to drive a car, or even ride a bicycle on public roads, and men aren’t allowed to drive women they’re not closely related to. In 2008, U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported, “One in every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.” Examples of violence include: rape, Spousal abuse, and children abuse. In some countries, a certain number of male witnesses are required to testify for the court to acknowledge that a rape has occurred.