Which Sex is better?: Food for Thought

Is the equality between the sexes in the US? Will there ever be equality between the sexes in the US?

 

No.

It is possible that in the future, there could be equality between the sexes but there would have to be a lot more equality between other differences as well.  It might not be possible since America is continuously gain new immigrants and changing since it is labeled as the land of opportunity, it always for a new group to be at the bottom of the social food chain.  With such social discrimination, gender inequality would continue since it seems to be in our society’s nature and animalistic instinct to show dominance over outsiders before allowing them social acceptances to a point within the social hierarchy.  It would be a great thing to see happen, but I do not know if it could be possible in reality, it seems to have very little chance of it existing in the future, but anything is possible.

It is true that women in our society have come a long way, I would not consider what women have today equal to men.  Hillary Clinton is a woman in a man’s world and therefore acts like a man.  Her becoming elected would add to the list of job options for women in the future, but that does not mean that women are equal to men in such positions.  Other examples of inequality for women in the work world are women surgeons, they still have a hard time with being treated equal within the mostly male dominated field.  Women that mirror male behavior are in typically male dominated position, become labelled negatively for their aggressive tendencies and arrogances.  While a man is viewed as having confidences and authority. 

Then there is the concept of gender inequality over pay.  It is true these things could change, but I do not see such a monumental shift is American social hierarchy or structure in the near future with a female President turning American society upside-down.  Anything is possible, but probability is another issue.

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  • mammjtommo  On April 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    You raised some good points.
    It’s amazing the differences between the US and some European countries.
    The UK still has a wide gulf between the sexes especially through pay but also through the different representations of gender.
    In contrast some Scandinavian countries are a lot more equal than maybe people in the US can image.
    I’ve just posted a piece on this http://mammjtommo.wordpress.com/

  • Making Anthropology Public  On April 7, 2008 at 1:09 am

    You make some good points yourself in your article which I found interseting as well.

    I woud say there are differences around the world and the amount of equality varies, but there seems to me that there will always be an amount of inequality for genders in how they are treated, represented, paid and cultural viewed.

    Thank you for your input and opinion.

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