Ongoing Gender Issues in the Community
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The paper relates that increasing college admissions, where women already outnumber men, and increasing positions as executives, have given women a platform on which to build a more equal society. The paper also discusses, however, how hip-hop has become far more denigrating to women than it had been in the past, and there are beauty expectations for the feminine gender as seen in "The Story of my Body," by Judith Ortiz Cofer. The paper shows how though women are achieving greater success and equality in some areas of society, in other ways they are being demeaned just as much, if not more, than ever before.
Women in Community
Women in Community
From the Paper:"The issue of gender equality, or more precisely, the issue of gender inequality, has been a significant point of focus for many individuals and for American society as a whole for many generations. Voting rights were obtained almost a century ago, and yet it took close to a century of direct and explicit conflict--following millennia of often less open and less organized resistance to and expressed dislike of the patriarchal system--for this change to become a reality. The same has been true with other changes in the schema of gender issues between men and women in this country and in much of the rest of the world; change has come, but this change has come slowly and only after long and arduous struggles.
"Official guarantees of gender equality in work environments and in treatment by the various governments throughout this nation now exist, yet the problem of gender equality is still not truly solved. The society is still largely a patriarchal one, and this creates problems of identity that seem to preclude the ability to build a community of true equality with male and female members. Many contemporary authors and scholars have noted the difficulties that women face in their attempts to become full members of any mixed-gender modern community, and the specific barriers to this that are raised by the community as it now stands."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Devor, A. (1998). "Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender." From Gender Blending : Confronting the Limits of Duality. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
- Kindlon, D. (2006). "The decent of men." In Alpha girls. New York: Rodale.
- Morgan, J. (1995). "From fly girls to bitches and hoes." Social text 45, pp. 151-7.
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