Blog post #10 Best Since mid-term NOT final post
The Idea of inequality within women as to men has been a controversial topic for years. As time goes on I don’t believe anything has changed. Of course some basic mild stones such as voting, and labor has improved as compared to the 1900’s, but other than that, the idea of what a women’s role in society is continues to be the same. For the past months I have been researching how a women’s role is viewed within Third World countries and how those opinions differ from those living in the United States. I have come across many interesting articles in which believe Women are treated very poorly because of their gender, and I have also found some opposing articles arguing that there is much more to that. However, I believe that women are treated very poorly in both rural and developing countries.
To prove the amount of research I have done, here is my annotated bibliography, each argue the poor conditions women face and the amount of work that they invest both emotionally and physically. Many of these women struggle and work in farms and factories for hours, yet still have to go home and work full time. Being the house wife that most men want is difficult, but many people don’t understand that. For generations people believe that cooking, cleaning and nurturing comes along with being a women and because of that, nothing has changed. For example, Woman, Culture and Society written by Michelle Zimbalist proves many of these arguments stating that for years woman are seen as “The Other” or as the second sex because of those strong beliefs. Of course women want to take care of their children and help provide for their family, but they are not given enough credit and if women have to work more hours than men to get very little pay then something has to be done to change that.
Its 2016 and as sad as it is, racism and gender inequality still exists, therefore its a challenge having to change such strong beliefs. This inequality is spread around the world from rural to developing countries such as Pakistan,India, Nigeria etc. Therefore, at the end of the day the only way things will change is if people accept the reality. That reality being that, women are treated below men, women are paid less than men, and women have more to prove than men do. Whether it comes down to religion or culture men have been taught that women should be treated with respect yet theres this barrier between men and women that doesn’t allow one another to be treated equally and if these beliefs remain the same nothing will ever change. Therefore one should accept this reality and leave that fear of being dominated by women behind because a community is stronger when works together, with that said I have based my research on trying to improve this inequality.
People all over the world have different perspectives to what the role of a women really is, but overall majority of women believe that there is a barrier of inequality within the role of a woman than that of a man specifically within third world countries. Most of the articles I’ve read in the past argue the same things. Those arguments being a women has to deal with being a mother and a wife, yet have to work hours in the fields or factories to help provide for their family. This last book however, Women, Men and the International Division of Labor written by June C. gave some apposing arguments.
June C argued that the inequalities within the labor markets in Third World Countries and in the United States has little to do with gender. She argues that these inequalities are based on national, regional, and urban rural differences. June points out several arguments one being that as time goes on, nationality becomes basically European due to the integrationbetween the First and Third world labor force. Now that I think about it, that is completely true, as time goes on people start adapting to majority of the things being done and even though one of those things may not revolve around a certain culture, the environment they’re in becomes a culture within itself.
Adding to this, most of the other books I read mentioned that women in Third World countries work hours for a very little amount of pay compared to men however June C argues against that. She points out that the wage differences between nations have more to deal with than just gender differences but they also rely on ethnicity and age as well. As we all know racism is a huge factor of inequality and definitely has a lot to do with job equality and pay. Even though these aren’t the ideal situations that people want to deal with, its the truth and shows that there is much more that has to be changed besides the role of a women within a Third World country and society itself.
I have analyzed a couple of articles and books and they all have similar yet distinctive arguments. For example, feminist Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo argues that “for the most part, scholars have taken for granted a view of a women as passive sexual objects, as devoted mothers, and as dutiful wives.” This argument clearly states the overall aspects of how a women is viewed within society and culture. Men argue that they feel that their duty is to work and provide for their family which is why many believe in this idea of not allowing a women to be self dominant, however that idea is changing how children and women view themselves. Many women have started to accept this idea of being a dutiful wive and children are being taught that this is the way it should be, and thats what I and many other women are trying to change. This idea of one gender being more dominant than the other causes a lot of confusion for children and women’s self worth. Men, women, and society have the power within this topic, each can either change the ideals and belief of a women’s role within culture and society or each can keep spreading this same belief of men being the dominant gender.
With that said, the role of women within different cultures is important for not only women and myself to know about, but for men and children to know about as well. Women have been downgraded for years, and male dominance has taken over for centuries. Many things have changed from the 1900’s to now in regards to women labor and the right to vote, however I don’t believe equality between men and women has been set. Many look at gender roles, since its a topic generally talked about by feminists however, gender roles within cultures hasn’t really been acknowledge and I think its important to look at all aspects within a woman’s role.
Looking at a women’s role within different cultures can teach us all the different aspects to how a women is treated. For example, some traditions continue to sell women for marriage, for reproduction, and so on, which is unfair. Many look at the overall aspect of a women being the typical housewife, and by typical housewife I mean a women who stays at home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of their children while the husband works. This idea of a housewife has downgraded a women’s ability to be dependent of herself by having to please her husband. Therefore acknowledging the topic and teaching future generations both girls and boys about this topic can definitely impact that.
As time goes on this idea of a women’s role becomes popular within social media and society in general, but it isn’t a women’s role being identified it’s a women being objectified within media that is looked at. Of course that’s an important topic to talk about as well, but it is too broad. Women seen as sexual objects has and will continue to be looked at the same, however its the way women perceive that, that can make a difference. Most women have grown to be independent however certain cultures and religions don’t allow that, and thats what I fear, that a women will be to afraid to stand up for her self because her culture and “identity”/ race doesn’t allow one to do so. For example me, I’m a Latina specifically Mexican American and although I have been fortunate enough to live in California and have different ideals to my worthiness as a women, family living in Mexico don’t have the same luck I do and thats what I wish to explore. Women living in Mexico, India, Asia, China and all these other 3rd world countries don’t have the ability to be free with themselves. Many of these women are held to these standards of only being capable of taking care of the children, cleaning, cooking and pleasing their husbands which is completely unfair.
Studies have shown that Americans rated men as less interdependent than women; Koreans, however, showed the opposite pattern, rating men as more interdependent than women, in where interdependent means relying on one another, proving a difference on a women’s role in America versus a women’s role in Korea. The statement proves that men in America don’t believe on having to rely on their wife and seek dominance, where as men in Korea believe they do have to rely on their wife and its the wife in whom doesn’t have to rely on the husband. With this said, there is so much more to explore within the topic itself