Defining Our True Equality

Decent Essays
Rebecca Auslander
Mrs. Ramos
AP Language and Composition, Period 4
August 7, 2015
Defining Our True Equality
With over seven billion humans living in our world, an abundance of lifestyles from which to choose, regional and cultural differences, and every person living in a different way than another, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find a balance between our wide variations of cultures and to define true equality. It is human nature to strive for personal perfection, however we all view things separately through our own eyes. We make either snap decisions or thoughtful judgments based on what we like, what we don’t like, and what we believe. As a result, there are billions of assorted definitions for the term “perfection.” Religion,
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The women of this world face judgments every day based on their opinions, their bodies, their fashion, and their individual decisions. Marjane Satrapi wrote about her experiences with sexism in the book Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. She was shamed and ridiculed for the choices she made, simply because of her gender and her femininity. It was very difficult for her to succeed, especially in a place that strictly prohibited women from being free and expressive individuals. Satrapi wanted to live someplace where she would feel safe and freed from all of the sexist oppressions she was facing, however “For a revolution to succeed, the entire population must support it” (Satrapi, 17). She was living in Iran, a nation filled with sexism and other unjust treatments; therefore her dream of gender equality could not have come true at the time. It is apparent that she was uncomfortable with the way that the rest of the world viewed her people “As soon as they learn our nationality, they go through everything, as though we are all just terrorists” (Satrapi, 165). She was not happy with her situation either “I was playing a game by somebody else’s rules… I was distancing myself from my culture, betraying my parents and my origins” (Satrapi, 143). She did this distancing in an attempt to become a stronger and more independent woman to show everyone what great things she and other women and minorities could
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