Identity and Otherness - Comparison Essay

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Mohan 1 “Identity and Otherness – Short Comparison Essay” “A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human” (Vera Nazarian). Women have always been considered as having a lower status then men. They are marginalized in society because of their gender. There are also many stereotypes about women for example, when a guy is scared to do something he is referred to as “a girl” implying that all girls are scared. We know this is not true because women have done everything in this world that men have including dangerous adventure sports yet they considered to be lower than men .Their talents are not as recognized as men’s talents are and they are mostly looked upon as not being fit for the same jobs as men are. These issues are presented in the texts examined in this essay. The song “What it feels like for a Girl” by Madonna and the essay “Fifty one percent Minority” by Doris Anderson are about Gender Inequality and how women are treated in society. The song by Madonna describes the pressure women feel to conform to social norms of politeness and subservience and the essay by Doris Anderson is about discriminatory practises that are done against women in Canada. Anderson is also one of Canada’s leading advocates of women rights. Firstly, women are treated differently than men in society which is not right because women can do everything a man can do. Secondly, men are considered to be superior to women because they work to feed the women. This was believed to be true by many people in Mohan 2 the olden days when women didn’t work outside a lot. This would not true in today’s world because they are many women who work nowadays and support the whole family while the man sits at home. Thirdly, women are portrayed as sex objects by

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