Sexism In America Today

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Sexism survives in America today despite the many strides made for women over the past century. The women’s rights movement would spring up during the late twentieth century and about a century later feminism would also crop up in North America. Thanks to the efforts of Alice Paul and the Women Suffragette Movement women got the right to vote early in the century, but it would take the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to really see change. When Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat up in the air in Minneapolis on her sitcom, it represented a substantial change for women and as the theme song suggested women could, make it on their own. Prior to this time, women generally would grow up with the hope of marrying a man who had a good job and wealth…show more content…
One study for example claims that there is a gender gap and that it is worse for women who have achieved high levels of education. That is, not only does the study demonstrate that a gender gap exists, but also it claims that education does not help women. Authors note: “According to the 2005 survey, women’s wages are in general, notably lower than those of men. Moreover, the gender pay gap widens as educational attainment increases: Women with a high school education earn 81% of what men with an equivalent education avarage, while women’s pay decreases to 74% of men what men average when they both hold a degree; the gender pay gap declines even further, to 65%, at post-graduate level” (“Gender pay gap wider for better educated women,” 2007). This is one example and there is clearly evidence to back up the claim. Yet, when it comes to other areas such as media, beliefs and politics, one has to rely on anecdotal…show more content…
Then the Samantha character toyed around with a lesbian lover on Sex and the City. Even Mischa Barton’s character on The OC got in on the girl-on-girl action, and last January, two girls lusted after each other in the mainstream film Imagine Me & You.” The article goes on to ask why this type of “bi-curious” behavior is so relevant today (Hudepohl, 2007). Of course, one might suggest that this trend may have been proliferated by men, and not women. One only has to remember the Howard Stern show and other similar fare that promote lesbians as a bit of a turn on for men. Yet, the trend that is fostered by media is not good for impressionable girls and may cause confusion as it pertains to sexual identity. Media promotes any sort of sexual misconduct in respect to women and it also reports on weight gains or losses with startling frequency. Recently, Jennifer Love Hewitt was ostracized for being overweight and there were even circling rumors that she was pregnant. While she did sport expected curves, she is clearly thin by any standard. The media loves to criticize models and actresses for being either too thin or too heavy and in reality that is
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