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Sexiam essay

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Sexism During this essay, I will be demonstrating how sexism is a form of discrimination against women, and how legislation has improved anti-discriminatory practice even though not eradicated it. There are many forms of sex discrimination which I will be highlighting, some of which I will demonstrate through case studies. Lastly I will look at ways that we, as women can challenge society and gain equality for the future of our sisters. When looking at the way sexism came about, it is by no way a surprise or shock. We live in a patriarchal society, an "order characterized by male dominance and the means of perpetuating that dominance". The English language has been mainly sculpted around males, which has resulted in sexism in language. This evolved over centuries. Some examples are human or mankind; we also have male and female, man and woman, he and she. The female term, having common ground with the male equivalent, an extension of the male term. Sexism has always been a major issue for women: it may be safer to say, for some women. Others believe they are doing what they want to do, and therefore, are not repressed by the accepted norms of today. We also need to acknowledge that sexism can apply to men also. ...read more.


However, it would be safe to say that women endure abuse over a period of time, and are driven to conclude this experience eventually, which then is interrupted as meditating instead of accumulation. In the instance of rape, where women have been a victim of a brutal attack, it is the requirement for the judge to inform the jury that they need to be wary of convicting the defendant. This is not the case in any other uncorroborated offence, such as GBH or robbery. Often the victim of rape can feel like the person on trial as often their sexual reputation is scrutinized rather than the accused. The victim is also being judged by her behaviour in court. If she behaves in a distressed manner, her evidence can be dismissed as hysterical, emotional and untrustworthy. In contrast, if she is composed, it is thought that it cannot be possible that she be a victim of anything as traumatic as rape. There have been some key features in the development of rights for women. The various acts have helped to improve women's rights. It was in 1882 that women gained the rights to own property, compared to previously when property ceased to be her own once married. ...read more.


In an effort to combat sexism and gain the equal rights that men have, women do not have to be extraordinary. Women need to use their voices instead of being resigned to the way things are. Statistics show that; 50% of women ignore sexism, 25% take sick leave, 15% resign and 10% drop work productivity. Should sexism be seen to be ignored it is an acceptance of sexist behaviour and treatment and this is not the way to promote equality. It also needs to be noted that ignoring sexism does not mean it has no effect on the individual, in this sentence it means unreported. In looking at strategies for change it needs to be noted that we live in a patriarchal society in which women's voices have been silenced, and it is not enough to extend to women the rights of men. (V. Bryson) Women's experiences and values need to be asserted as a valid starting point. This would bring about a new perspective in which women would no longer be seen as 'special' or 'different' because they are being measured against male norms. We are all equal given the opportunity, no matter what out creed, race or sexuality. We are all able to make the changes and differences, ''feminine' or 'masculine'. ...read more.

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