Gender Discrimination

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

This editorial is an opinion on the story, "Girls against Boys".

The essay “Girls against Boys” by Katha Pollitt in, “The Presence of Other’s” is a debatable essay. The author of this book is Andrea A. Lunsofrd and John J. Ruszkiewicz. This essay was published by Bedford/St. Martins in 2008, which is the fifth edition. Several studies illustrate how males are more advanced in some areas than females.  I will give examples of males and females who both have strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this piece was to differentiate gender changes throughout generations. Katha Pollitt brings a pressing issue of gender discrimination. Do males or females receive more guidance in the classroom than females?  Different studies have conflicting theories. Conservatives feel feminism is the focus in school. While reading the short story there were examples of how a mother noticed her child only had to read three books by women. People are still trying to say the focus is still on women, but I believe it depends on who is teaching the student. If that particular teacher is biased, then the discrimination will show.

My interpretation of the essay is that various people may feel the classroom is set up in an unjust system. “The conservative spin on the education gender gap is that feminism has ruined school for boys.” (Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 2008 p. 140). Feminism does not ruin school for any male, it is the people who take the feministic views and act irrationally. I feel many people have strong views, but nothing to support it. Without support your views will not even withstand. Another interpretation of mine would be what made gender roles change drastically to the point where more females are going to college than before. Referring to the book, “The proportion of the population enrolled in college is twenty percent higher today than in 1960 – girls have edged ahead of boys” (Lunsford, p. 141). A generation ago women were more likely to be housemaids or stay at home moms; males would have high paying jobs or careers. A lot of times when males enter colleges they are more about partying and drinking. Some females act in the same way, but males seem to be more reckless at times. The majority of women are more devoted to their education than men.

The appeal to the audience while reading “Girls against Boys” was humorous. I believe it was an excellent way to pull the audience in and engage them in the essay. I think her intended audience was probably for teachers so they can be aware of their biased views. One assumption I remember her making in the essay was “I don’t remember anyone worrying about the boy’s social lives” (Lunsford, p. 141). She cannot, in my opinion, begin to know everyone so she cannot make the statement that no one was worrying about the boy’s social lives.

Unfortunately, society has put unfair social norms onto children. For example, girls should be dancers, and boys should be playing with trucks. No, that is not how it goes. From having guys as friends, I know that they feel different if they are achieving in school when all of their other friends are out partying and drinking, or watching football, but not them. Society has put this pressure on every student when it comes to being “normal” in society. I know some people think schools should be segregated with males in one school and females in another, however, I do not think so because when you do that the students are not going to know how to properly interact with the opposite sex.

Do different socioeconomic statuses interfere with the student’s education? I think it depends on the child’s emotional development, and how much of a support system they may or may not have. There is a movie called “Homeless to Harvard”, a story about this young girl who grew up in a dysfunctional household, ran away, got a scholarship, and put herself through Harvard. I used that particular example because a person no matter what their race, socioeconomic status, or their living situation, they can do what they have to do to be where they want to be. It also depends on determination and perseverance. If you set goals, and you try to achieve these goals at your own pace, you will accomplish them.

Women are now realizing they need these college credentials more than men because some employment agencies unfortunately are sexist. According to the essay, there are still gender stereotyped jobs out there. For example, construction workers, when the workers are out on the road doing construction, the sign only says “Men working”. What about the women who do construction on the road also? On the other hand, social work is a female dominated profession. When a male says they are going to go get their master’s in social work, their friends and family sometimes assume they are gay. My points of giving these examples were to explain how gender discrimination affects the individual.

In conclusion, “Girls against Boys”, by Katha Pollitt, was an educational essay. I wish people could see everybody as equal. It does not matter what their race, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, or their past is. What matters is what these students are doing to help themselves and society at this present moment.

 

 

Works Cited

What’s Cool in Education. Education Portal.com. 07 Nov. 2007. Web

Lunsford, Andrea. The Presence of Other’s, Voices and Images that Call for a Response. 2008.Print


Submitted: September 26, 2014

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Wisdom52

Your writing was interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

Tue, July 7th, 2015 9:50pm

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