Discrimination- unlawful discrimination occurs when a person is harassed or treated arbitrarily or different because of their membership in a “protected class”. A protected class is a group of two people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by the law. Prejudice refers to negative judgments and/or views about a group formed without knowledge, though, or reason. A stereotype is a (often negative) generalization about a group based upon samples that do not represent the group, in which the generalization becomes so well-known it becomes a “conventional image” for the group in question., often accepted as the truth by the illogical bunch. Stereotypes could be a form of prejudice if they are negative generalizations.
Marie de France does this to criticize and combat the societal expectations and inherent inequalities in Norman England. The poem begins by Marie immediately introducing and defending herself as a writer. She declares that in her culture, People should praise anyone who wins admiring comments for herself but anywhere there is a man or a woman of great worth, people who envy their good fortune often say evil things about them. (5-10) This introduction reflects the negativity her society has against female writers. Where Marie de France comes from, many people disagree with women having power through literature.
Women have long been considered to be part of the lower status when it comes to jobs similar to men. In Arlie Hochschild’s vies, “The feelings of the lower-status partly may be discounted in two ways: by considering them rational but unimportant or by considering them irrational and hence dismissible” (172). This “doctrine of feelings” has been seen to permeate the workforce in such a way that it becomes impossible for women to be respected when they display any sort of emotion. In this essence, women who are considered the lower class in the working environment are oppressed in two ways. The first such way is to ignore any legitimate concerns women have; the second way is to classify any emotion as unnecessary and “irrational.” Women get taken advantage of solely because society has considered them emotional, which in today’s modern society is often mistaken for being unstable.
Austen reveals Elizabeth’s character as an example about how she wanted to have her own self independence during that time period. Elizabeth is very out spoken for a young lady as herself, most of the ladies during that time period wasn’t fond of Elizabeth and her wild manner, as she wasn’t fond of people in the upper class behavior towards those in a different class. Mr. Darcy in the beginning of the novel was referred as a “bitterness of spirit...and shockingly [rude]”pg. 15 chapter 3. Mrs. Bennet thinks “[Elizabeth] does not lose much suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing” pg.
However, some women joined the work force and would do jobs that men previously had held. Some were not forced to, but they had to work as hard as they could to support their families during this difficult time. In contrast, the writer Norman Cousins commented that there was a negative opinion on the women’s presence in the workforce despite women willing to acquire a living wage. He also stated in his book that the federal government proscribed holding government jobs by both members of a married couple, and many localities stopped hiring women whose husbands with a minimum wage (Cousins 1939). Another aspect of the Depression affecting life of women was the moral argument against working-women.
Political Intersectionality is described as a categorization conflict that women of color experience particularly in racism and sexism issues. She states that women of color are often absent from any civil rights issues because anti-racism strategies are developed by men of color and anti-sexist strategies are developed by white women. This leaves women of color absent from any form of political and social justice. In terms of domestic violence, Crenshaw gives a personal anecdote of being denied domestic violence cases and statistics for women of color. She shows how this example signifies how “women of color can be erased by the strategic silences of antiracism and
Labeling and grouping other people usually only becomes a problem when we label and group someone incorrectly in a negative manner, which is what most of us associate stereotypes with. Labeling or grouping isn't always bad and it depends on the degree to which you do it. 6. Define culture. Is culture limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds?
When a man is referred to as a ‘slut” it doesn’t associate to the actual definition used by society. But when a woman is called a “slut” it automatically associates her with a prostitute and she is then frowned upon by society. (Evalee) There seems to be a double standard when it comes to these male to female connotations .One in six women and one in thirty three men have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime. In our modern society women have been degraded to being pieces of meat or just a pair of sexy legs. (Evalee) Although women have come along way since their efforts in aiding the war, today women around the world still face prejudice, underestimation and gender discrimination only because they are women.
Tessie Hutchinson, one of the main characters represents women who are being tyrannized by society because of their gender. Devices such as symbolism and plot illustrate the condemned roles of women in the gender hierarchy. Also, the use of ideas such as betrayal within the strong marriage bond due to the traditional sacrifice, the senior figure of society, and the following of tradition passed down from generation demonstrate the power of females in this generation are brought up to the podium to be arguably conversed. The plot of “The Lottery” is that men had the most dominance over political decisions. This left no room for woman’s input or acknowledgment.
Prejudice; Is It Something We Should Still Be Tolerating? Although there are many different types of people in our world today, not everyone is or will be accepted or tolerated; there are still those people who are judged either because of how they look, act or are the subject of unsubstantiated beliefs and rumors that are circulated and perpetuated by people who are uninformed, or afraid of what they perceive as a threat cause someone is different. While we know that prejudice exists, all too often it goes on around us, we may even turn a blind eye, not wanting to get involved, or worst, have that negative attention aimed at us or a loved one. We may have even added to a situation unknowingly by our attitudes and behaviors towards a group or individual that isn’t part of a social group based on a bias belief of the group we ourselves may be a part of. So how can we avoid this behavior if and when we recognize it as such?