Gender inequality paper

Gender inequality paper - 1 Elizabeth McNamara Soc207,...

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Elizabeth McNamara Soc207, Gender Discussion: Friday, 10 Ryan May 15, 2011 Gender Inequalities Since as far as history goes back, women have been known to be the inferior sex. Women are considered fragile and weak, which is unlike their male counterparts who resemble strong figures. There has always been a noticeable inequality between the two sexes, but as hard as women have tried to equalize things over time, it just has not fully worked. There have been women’s rights movements where women try to receive the same respect, employment, and social status that men naturally have. Although women have come a far with gaining independence and respect, they are still not treated equally. Men still receive higher salaries and have a more dominant word in the political world because people still believe that women cannot be efficient leaders. More women are sexually assaulted and go through domestic violence because a majority of men still consider them vulnerable and take advantage of their weaknesses. Although men have this strong exterior image, they are just as weak as women are and sometimes they are even weaker. Men do not want a feminine attitude or want to come off to their friends that they have any kind of weakness. Being considered weak and dependable affects all women. They feel like they do not have any control over their life so most women take out their anger on horrible habits. Anorexia and Bulimia are considered only female eating disorders. The reason why so many women fight one of theses diseases is because they feel that they cannot control anything else in their life besides their body. In the article from The New York Times , 1
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“Thinner: The Male Battle with Anorexia,” written by Erica Goode stated, “That so few men come to hospitals and clinics for treatment probably has something to do with the fact that these are labeled women's illnesses” (Goode 2). Men try not to acknowledge their problems because they do not want to have the label of being anorexic or bulimic because these are thought of as women diseases. There are not any differences between women eating disorders than men’s eating disorders, expect that there is a higher ratio of women to men who actually have these diseases. Men are considered the stable, dominant sex, but men having these disorders make them no better or stronger than women. American culture is not only hard of women, but also especially hard on men. It pushes men to be these chiseled figures that can do or eat what ever they want. They are supposed to eat big meals constantly and not gain once ounce of fat. Erica Goode wrote, “A guy does not order lettuce salad with no-fat vinaigrette, poached sole with no butter and Jell-O for dessert'' (Goode 3). If a guy were to order something similar to what Goode described, they would look out of place because they are supposed to be eating the heavy foods that women wish they could constantly eat. If a man were to eat like how
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