Sect. Marcelle Monday 3pm
Due Date: February 2nd, 2018
Gender and Power
“Gender” and “power”: when I hear those two words I automatically think men over women. Gender is very much present in power relations. When it comes to being a woman I automatically think about being powerless, or someone who is obedient and accommodates for others. On the other hand when I think of men the thing that comes to mind is possessing power and control. The ways that the genders are looked at really maintain the gender inequalities that they connect with.
The way I look at it is that in today's society men and women think it’s not okay for women to speak their mind which creates borders when it comes to women and decision making. These stereotypes are present today in lots of places in society, for example, the family. In lots of families the man is supposed to be the one to work and make money while the mother is expected to stay home, cook, clean and in some instances even care for the children. Even when growing up gender inequality shows in the household. From a young age girls and boys are taught what is expected of them. As they grow older they are treated differently by their parents. The girls are usually more sheltered and confined while being closely supervised. As girls are growing up they are assigned to do the household chores but the boys are not. The boys have more expectations set up for them. Like expectations for them not to let their emotions show because that makes them less of a man. They are expected to be strong emotionally and physically. Although lots of marriages are trying to push toward making society a place of more equality, they are so accustomed to the way things are that it is difficult for them to make a change in society. Men to some extent still have greater power in the family.
In today's society, there are more open-minded people when it comes equality in the workplace, politics and even at home. In the old days the women were not allowed to work because it was the man's responsibility to look after his family; while the woman's job was to prepare everything in the house so when her partner got home he just had to sit in the dining room for dinner. While many women were fine with this concept, lots of women were against it’s because they wanted to work. Many women that take on the role of the “perfect housewife” aren't expected to work but in today's society, there are so many single mothers that it wouldn't make sense for the women not to work. In my opinion, it is important for women to work because it gives them a sense of self and the ability to expand their horizons and it helps to raise a child into the mindset that a woman can bring up her family without the help of a man. This helps women become more “Equal” to man in regards to society.
In my family, the women are the ones that work, cook, clean, and take care of the children. Growing up in this kind of household made me more open-minded when it...