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Sexism in Society.

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Sexism in Society Sexism is a form of discrimination against others on the basis of their gender. The distribution of power in society is still dominated by men; they earn more money than women, they own more property, men take out many more mortgages than women and men are still seen as physically stronger. The male physique is preferred in the work place to a typical shrinking violet figure of a woman. Although the distribution of power, albeit at a snail's pace, is changing and becoming more equal, men in society are still seen as the 'dominant' half of the species. The question is why? Women are just as capable as any man when doing any job, whether it is logical, physical or skilful. ...read more.

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Just think about it, women were not given the vote until the early twentieth century, when men's voices had been heard for years, women have been expected to be able to cook, clean and bring up children and they are supposed to sit and look pretty whilst their men talk about 'intellectual' matters like politics and law! Where men are seen as powerful in society, women are seen as bossy, men as cool, women as controlling, in a society obsessed with equal opportunities, why are these differences not abundant? A man named Richard Gilman said, "The idea of masculine superiority is programmed, institutional and rooted at the deepest level of out historical experience" For centuries men have been considered as superior to women, this, and only this, is the reason sexist remarks are not looked upon as offensive. ...read more.

Conclusion

The use of sexist vocabulary in society has been seen as normal until very recently when women have been asserting the power they all know they have and have been standing up for themselves in society. No longer can job descriptions be written using 'he', 'his' or 'him' but have to be gender neutral using 'they', 'person' or 'people'. At present sexism is inherent in our society. But it is not acceptable to diminish women and men should be made aware of this. For women who are only just beginning to experience the worlds of work and society, women should all be aware of the dangers and miss conceptions in society, especially those issued by men. Women need to be themselves, women need to show men what they are capable of and women need to be the strong minded, capable and influential women that women all know they are. ...read more.

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