Even in today’s times we can’t deny that women in the workplace get discriminated against. I have seen it many times in various places I have worked. The most recent being in a after school program that I worked at. Even though our site coordinator knew what she was doing and done her job very well, the higher up men were always hounding her on different things. I think a lot of times they hounded her just to be total jerks really. I feel like women also don’t receive the same pay as men in some workplaces. Other male site coordinators were making considerably more and had less experience. I feel that out right refusal of jobs just based on your gender happens more frequently than we think. It makes me wonder why they even but the non-discriminatory phrase on each application. It seems like a waste of time and is mainly a lie. Because it is illegal to discriminate I believe different firms and businesses find ways around this to get there point across. I feel there needs to be a change within the work systems of todays. Men and women should be paid on the same pay scale and also get the chance to have the same type of jobs. Most think that women can’t do as much as men and that is very UN true. I’ve seen plenty of women that can work on cars and fix anything you put in front of them. After noticing the difference that the lady I worked with got as far as treatment I feel both men and women should get the same treatment in the workplace. I’ve heard some say that men now seem inferior to women in the workplace but I find this hard to believe after seeing it personally so many times. Statistics say that women earn a little over 15% less a week than men earn and I see that as a probably. Men are not that much inferior over women so much that they make that percentage of money over them. There needs to be an immediate change in the workforce. I’m not exactly sure what the answer his but there has to be one out there. If people would just be a little more considerate I think that would be a good start.
Blake Hopson WMST 005
Gender discrimination is a common thing in our society. One of the major places that it can be found is in the workplace. In my 18 years of life, I have only had one job and it lasted for about a week and a half. This does not mean that I haven’t experienced “work-like” places and the gender dynamics of the workplace. The most common place that one has their first experience of work is in the home, doing household chores and other unpleasant boring tasks. Like many others, this was my first experience of it. My mother started me and my sister at a young age doing chores such as, cleaning the kitchen and cleaning the cat litter and cleaning our rooms. I had to start doing my own laundry at a very early age. My mother said it was teaching me responsibility. While I understood where she was coming from with this, I was wondering why I had to do my own laundry but she was doing my Dad’s laundry. Did he not have to be responsible for his own dirty clothes? After noticing this, I also began to notice that he did not have to clean any of the other things we were cleaning. As mentioned in “The Politics of Housework” written by Pat Mainardi, the women of the house were left with all of the undesirable dirty house work because the men were “too tired” from all of their hard work at their “real” jobs. I find it annoying that just because I am a girl I am automatically responsible for the house work, whether I want to take part in it or not. Men and women should have equal roles when it comes to the duties that are required of home owners. This provides a more supportive and balanced environment in the home. Young children should not be raised, as I was, to believe that they are either set free for life from the restricting restraints of house work or bonded to the chains of house work for life because of their gender. For the week and a half that I was working, I did notice that there was gender discrimination. The “pretty” socially acceptable looking young girls worked in the front to impress people and provide an appealing first impression. The men who’s looks would have been seen as not so socially acceptable in our society, were put back in the kitchen for hard dirty labor where the customers could not see them. People don’t realize how much goes into keeping a restaurant running, until they work in one. Gender discrimination was mainly utilized in my work place through appearance. On the early show, they did an interview of Jessica Bennett and her colleague on gender discrimination in the work place. I have posted the link here, enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIwz5ZswMrM
–Catherine Dearing 007
The topic of virginity is very controversial today and has been for quite sometime. The question many people often ask is what actually defines a virgin. About.com defines a virgin as a person who has not had sexual intercourse. Many people firmly believe that one may still remain a virgin by having sexual intercourse such as oral sex. In “The Cult of Virginity” by Jessica Valenti, she talks about Hanne Blank as she defines the term virgin. Blank defines a virgin as the state of not having partnered sex. In my own opinion, this is a precise definition of virginity. Whether one is heterosexual or homosexual, partnered sex is necessary to lose one’s virginity. In the article Teen Advice from About.com it is stated that virginity is a synonym for gender. Valenti writes that many sources compare virginity with women. Virginity is not only something that a women can posses. Men posses virginity as well; however, it is viewed in a completely different way. Men are boastful and proud when their virginity is lost. It is a time when they become a man, many believe. They want to tell everyone they come into contact with. Women, on the other hand, feel very guilty afterwards in most cases. They are bullied and could potentially have a ruined reputation. Why is this? This is the way that society has depicted virginity. Women are supposed to be lady like and almost perfect. This is something that needs to change in our society. If is shameful for young women to be sexually active, likewise it is shameful for young men.
Mikaela Gentry: Section 005