My question is:
What drives inequitable treatment of men and women?
I believe that what really drives this treatment, is due to the opinion of culture on this subject. Mass culture really affects the way people act.
I feel like the Great Gatsby would agree to the fact that culture is a driving force to my question.
“Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.”pg 37. Tom, doesn’t even care about the woman he’s cheating on his wife with. He is willing to break her nose in front of everybody, and the worst part is that nobody does anything. Making it seem completely normal and legitimate. This shows how in mass culture it is completely normal. ‘Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season; suddenly she was again keeping half a dozen dates a day with half a dozen men..’ Ch.8.19 Daisy was completely absorbed by the culture, she just wanted to find something within the culture to make her feel complete, wealth. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool…’ Ch. 1.116 Daisy believes that her daughter has nothing coming for her, because shes a girl. She believes that the best she could ever be is a fool, which is partly true in their world.
“Yes,” he said after a moment, “but of course I’ll say I was. You see…’ Ch.7.396 Gatsby, immediately says that killing Myrtle was his own fault, protecting Daisy from trouble. Even though it is illegal to kill someone and the penalty is harsh, Gatsby believes that he is doing justice taking her place, which is not actually right.
In the Language of Composition it states ‘These ideas vary according to culture and time.’ pg.517, this favors my own answer to this question agreeing that culture helps mold how individuals behave.
‘Since technology has abolished force as an instrument of power, the era of women may soon be upon us.’pg 522. The author uses the word ‘era’ to show the difference of time spans. This helps to back the answer the book gave to my question. ‘…Both boys and girls are unlikely… boys prefer adventure tales, war, sports… girls prefer stories about personal relationships…’ pg 576. This survey, from an article about reading between boys and girls, helps illustrate the culture of the children around that time period, showing how time and culture form men and women. ‘Men possessed most of the tools… then along came the information age to change all that… And that means this is turning into a woman’s world, because women are better students than men.’ pg 577. The author writes how the world started out owned by males. Soon times changed and so did the culture, becoming the ‘information age’ and becoming a woman’s world.
‘But we must not forget that women are, on the average, a little less intelligent.’ pg 519. This quote from one of the paragraphs disagrees with what the book believes. However wherever this passage is originally from, that author believed that brain size measured intelligence, so I complete ignored this passage all together.
According to this article, the author believes that gender inequality is driven by the belief that women have a specific job title.
President Obama said: “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.” He stated this in his Union Address, and the author uses it to support their opinion. Barack Obama’s statement is trying to reason with Congress, into voting for laws to make sure we have gender equality.“The feminine mystique”–the belief that a woman should find identity and fulfillment exclusively through her family and home.”-Betty Friedan’s. The author quotes a sentence from an article written in 1963, one of the first articles speaking up about women’s inequality. We can also use this as a date, of when gender inequality was starting to become a major issue. ‘The kind of change that these problems require – lasting change, change that’s both systemic and personal – requires more than men’s “support”.’ A change in systemic (time) and personal (culture) is what the author believes can help fix this issue. This clearly is what the author believes to be a reason for this, especially with the quote above.
‘Women didn’t create this problem. Men did that.’ This statement really shows how some individuals think, and bluntly attack men about this issue, using that reason.
At the end of all of this searching, I stand by my original thought, with the addition of:
Mass Culture and Time create behaviours
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