Boys and Girls/Men and Women: The Gender Gap in Our Society

Have you ever been to a place where people were treated equally, and treated each other equally, regardless of race, gender, and homosexuality? Chances are good that the answer is no. Why? Inequality is very evident in our global community. I’ve talked about racial inequality with the Trayvon Marin shooting. I’ve been a proponent for equality in lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transexual in my anti-bullying series. In this column, I want to specifically cover the gender inequality in our society.

It’s obvious that males and females are stereotyped differently. There are things that one gender does that other doesn’t. For example, men love to play video games. Women love to shop for clothes, make-ups, and beauty products. Men are less concerned about their appearance than women are. The list can go on and on, but despite these differences we must remember we are all still human. We are all citizens of a country. Unfortunately, since the mentality of the human race has been built on generalizations, men are still treated greater than women as they’ve been a dominant part of history.

It wasn’t until the 1920’s when women called for voting rights. Eventually, they got voting rights. Before they finally got their hands and feet dirty in the work force, they could only do household work. Even with all these rights that women have today, they’re still treated below men.

I asked a friend on Facebook what she thought of the gender gap. In her reply, she said that there’s an inequality in the wage between men and women. Women are paid lower than men in the work force. She also brought up the gender inequality in politics, especially how women have 20% of the seats in Congress, “and yet are are approximately half of all Americans”. In politics, you rarely ever see women step up in power, which brings me to another point she brought up. Some people portray former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as “a power-hungry ball-busting bitch” and that her tears during the 2008 Democratic primary cost her a chance to become President. Some say it was too little, too late to counter the cold, unemotional persona she’s shown in the past. Would men in the political field have been treated the same way? Most likely not.

A sad reality to consider in the social world is the fact that more women are abused (or are just less afraid to report being abused) than men. In terms of rapes, India is a prime example of this. Nowadays, more and more girls and women are raped by men. However, only a select few of these abuses are reported as India has such a male-dominant society. According to an answer on Yahoo! Answers about rape statistics in India versus the U.S., often times rape victims will be turned away by authorities or punished by their own families or communities.

Of course, there are plenty more inequalities pertaining to females, but what about males? My friend said that women doctors are more common now, but more male doctors face disapproval. In fact, according to The Independent — a British newspaper (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/female-doctors-set-to-outnumber-male-colleagues-by-2017-6269813.html) — female doctors, who have outnumbered men in medical schools, will outnumber male doctors by 2017. While women are much more open to creating opportunities, men seem much more “boxed in”, which is a gay slur intended to punish men who aren’t perceived to be manly enough. That brings her to her next point, which is that gay men are looked at the same way as women are, despite the fact that they have societal evolutionary benefits. She then goes on to say that if men and women truly were, there’d be no real difference between gay and straight males. And that totally makes sense. Gays are treated as having feminine-like qualities, whilst straights are much more masculine.

One more particular point that my friend makes is the preference of color. In general, society already has the phrase “girls like pink” hammered into its head. Thus, it’s comes as no surprise when society tends to look down upon boys who prefer the color pink. Pink is a much more feminine color, while boys are supposed to have masculine qualities.

As you can see, gender inequality is blatant in all aspects of our daily lives. It’s evident in the working field, in our society, in our activities ad preferences, and the list goes on. The issue of gender inequality may never be resolved in our life time as it’s unfortunately a part of our society and the human race, but we can undoubtedly take steps towards reducing such inequality. Open your eyes to the minds of the opposite sex. Be congenial, no matter what gender you are. Remember, we’re all still humans.

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