Essay about Gender Discrimination
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Women’s role in society has changes much throughout history all over the world. In Korea, during the Koryo Period, it had not been uncommon for an upper class man to have several wives. Talented women were to be concubines, or kisaeng, who could make intelligent conversation, recite and even compose poetry, sing, dance and even play musical instruments. On the other hand, main wives had been there just to bear her husband’s lineal heir and did not need to have good education or talent. Women of the past had been there for the pleasure of men. Some men still prefer it that way, but the importance of the roles that women play in society is increasing rapidly. Although women’s rights have been promoted a lot, it is not enough. There is still…show more content…
This type of belief that women should obey their husbands can be seen in almost every country. “It is hard to figure out where this point of view came about. It is widely agreed by many anthropologists that matrilineal societies” existed all over the world in the beginning of human history. “Although matrilineal societies can’t be said to be better than patrillineal” societies, women and men should always be equal with each other in any given society.
In the past, women were considered mere pleasure and did not have the same rights as men. For example, during the Koryo Period in Korea, after the wedding, the bride cut her ties with her own family and entered her husband’s. A Woman was to obey her father as a child, her brothers if her father died, obey her husband when she got married and then obey her sons when her husband died. Women were to obey her husband even when he wasn’t even loyal to her. Divorce was considered a disgrace in the community and a divorced woman had no place to go. The only way she was able to take out her anger was on the own daughter in law.
In Korean culture, even today, divorce is considered a disgrace even when 40% of couples to divorce. It is also easier on the man during a divorce. Men, being occupied with their work, and being able to let out their stress with drinking and
The topic of discrimination can be a very sensitive one to discuss. The world has always, and probably will always be faced with this problem. In all countries there is most likely at least one type of blatant discrimination that affects different groups of people.
There are several different definitions for discrimination. The definition given in class is: the denial of opportunity, and/or equal rights towards a certain group of people. I believe that this definition is 100% correct. I think that discrimination is the denial of opportunity or equal rights toward a specific group of people. I also believe that discrimination is not just towards blacks, or any other minority groups specifically. I will also…show more content…
This is a perfect example of the status conscious theory. I believe that this type of discrimination is based mainly on the stereotypes that we place on certain groups of people; in this example, we might think that this group of teens are in a gang. Defined, status conscious is the consciousness and awareness of a minority group with which one comes into contact.
The final theory is the social distance discrimination theory. Stated, it says that discrimination may be the result of the location or distance put between two groups of people. An example of this would be a family living on the "wrong side of the tracks." This family may get treated differently than another family due to their geographic location.
America has always had its share of problems when it comes to discrimination. It seems like almost every time that you turn around, another lawsuit is being filed against some corporation for discrimination.
The U.S. government has made attempts to help with this discrimination. Things like "affirmative action" have been put into practice in order to cut down on this discrimination. However, in my opinion, affirmative action has done nothing but make this problem worse. It does, in fact, help out some minority groups, but on the other hand, I believe that in some cases it ends up discriminating against the majority. It seems that most affirmative actions we read about occur in universities, making it appear that