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Lee 1 Shanna Lee Dora Pynnonen Hopkins WS 201 2/29/16 Midterm: Intersectionality and Health and Reproductive Rights Intersectionality In everyday life you are being classified and stereotyped almost everywhere you go. You are ranked and put into categories that function to define your identity and social standing. Bio- logical and social differences are ranked on a hierarchy, creating room for superiority. For exam- ple, thin is over fat, white is over black, and male is over female. When taking an intersectional approach, to study a person’s position in society is weighing all of their “qualities”/ features. For example, a white male in his thirties, upper class, able-bodied, heterosexual will be put over an- other white man who has the same exact qualities except the other white man is homosexual. So- ciety tends to show prejudice against groups with biological differences that have been labeled as inferior. We are judging these people from what we see on the outside. With intersectionality, more factors determine your outcome. You are now looking at all of the things that a person has and how they may affect or benefit them. People are being classified by their class, age, ableism, sizes, heterosexism, sex, and race. Inequality occurs because society only favors one ideal makeup: a white, able, heterosexual man. A lot of these things are held at a double standard as well, especially age. When men age it is acceptable because they’re in their “sliver fox” stage. Whereas when a woman is growing old, wrinkly, and unattractive as she ages. The patriarchy has always favored men over women. Women have always been ranked inferior in the patriarchy which is a prevalent issue. Women are automatically deemed less of because of their sex. A woman who has a PhD will be chosen for a job after a man with only a Bachelors degree, be- cause he is a man. Men are favored especially in the work place. Institutions enforce the cultural norms which are the white, upper class, heterosexual being. Institutions have an extensive affect
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Lee 2 on how people view, perceive, and accept things. In sports, the stereotypical NFL football player is a masculine man causing rift for the homosexual players. They are afraid to display their sexu- ality in fear of being judge. Despite the progress we’ve made as society, white privilege still exists promoting preju- dice. Research shows that a white man with the same credentials as an African American man has a better chance at any job because he is white. A white woman in the grocery store who is us- ing her credit card does not have to show ID because she is white, but the black woman behind her does because she is black (Cracking all Codes). White people still have privileges that they fail to realize still exist. In the article White Privilege and Male Privilege, Peggy McIntosh dis- cusses her privileges as a white female in society and the privileges she sees that males get just because they are males. One of my favorite she mentions that happens very often to people of
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