The Myth of Equality - The Myth of Equality It is 2009 men and women are finally equal If only that were a true statement While it may be true that

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The Myth of Equality It is 2009; men and women are finally equal! If only that were a true statement. While it may be true that women today do indeed enjoy more freedoms than their predecessors, in no way are they equal to men. Women are seen as sexual object most of the time and treated thusly. Equality of the sexes is a cruel joke that many people choose to believe. How can the sexes be considered equal when women are treated as objects for men to use and abuse; they are then expected to keep quiet about said abuse. An office is still stereotypically seen as a place where men are in charge and pretty women pour coffee and take notes. How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes by Alexis De Tocqueville and “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt”: Advertising and Violence by Jean Kilbourne were written at two different times for two different purposes. Their writings can still be used to show the mistreatment of women today. Through these writings it is easy to see misogyny today in the ways men and women are treated in the legal system and in the work force. Alexis De Tocqueville wrote his passage, How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes in 1835. He travelled to a young America from France to study the American penal system and instead walked away with a deep impression of American democracy, as well as the difference between how American men and French men treated their women at the time. Tocqueville writes about “the superiority of [American] women” (380) but what one can really see is the beginning of gender roles in America. Tocqueville sees American women being treated with great respect and dignity as opposed to French women. Shown in a different light, it is simply the early Americans struggling to have a successful life in a new world and keep men and
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women separated. Tocqueville notes that, “In no country has such constant care been taken as in America to trace two clearly distinct lines of action for these two sexes […]” (377). While early Americans may not have realized they were setting up a long path of differences and hatred between the two sexes, it is what has happened nonetheless. Jean Kilbourne’s “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt”: Advertising and Violence takes us deep into the misogyny that is easily seen around us in the world today. Kilbourne’s examples bring to light the fact that advertisers portray women as mere objects to be used and abused as men see fit. Advertisers today are sending a message; one that clearly states the irrelevance of a
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The Myth of Equality - The Myth of Equality It is 2009 men and women are finally equal If only that were a true statement While it may be true that

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