TA: Harben Porter
Study Question #2
By Observing History, We Can Alter the Future
Due to the gender binary idea, which has been created from history, women are
treated and often seen as less than or unequal to men.
The past depicts that a mass
amount of violence and harassment occurred against women. Historically gender roles
have created a path for men to dominate women, and as a result, this has become a major
issue of today.
Thanks to history, society has formed a delusion, giving many people
misconceptions as to what constitutes for harassment and violence. The media has also
been shaped by history, developing many misogynistic artistic expressions such as some
forms of rap music. In consequence of the horrific oppression against women, numerous
amounts of females from the past and in this century, feel silenced.
Unable to speak up
about an experience such as rape, scores of women keep their mouths shut, believing that
the experience was their fault. History allows for women as well as men to feel like they
should silence themselves when, in reality the only way to make a change is by speaking
up and trying to fix the misconstrued view that many women and men have about what
constitutes for harassment and violence.
Throughout history, women have been inferior to men, as well as the “property”
of men. During Thomas Jefferson’s presidency of the United States of America, from
1801 to 1809, he along with many other men did not view women as people, rather they
saw women as mans property.
Men ruled women since they could only be “one’s wife or
one’s daughter” (Miccio, pg. 214), and “by marriage, the husband and wife are one
person in the law” (Miccio, pg. 215). As a result women were unable to make many
decisions about their own lives, forcing them to be dependent and obedient to men since