Essay Ethnicity and Female Equality: A personal Opinion

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Abstract

The subject of my essay will be a compilation of facts and opinions on the role of ethnicity and gender on female status in the United States. Equality for females and males is influenced by ones ethnicity, by the media, by stereotypes, and by the myth of equal rights. The research methods that will be used for this essay will be only the personal opinions of the author of this essay. One believes that the findings of this essay will show that ethnicity and media generated stereotypes influence gender roles and that inequality for females is a fact of life. Ethnicity and Female Equality:

A Personal Opinion

The role of ethnicity plays an important part in our society's view and the status level that is afforded to
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The author of this paper to this day has always been treated by her father as a prima donna who needs to be indulged and who has little to contribute to this society. The main accomplishment her father feels that she has ever accomplished is producing a grandson for him. This impact of being treated differently because one was born female is a basis for almost all aspects of the author of this paper's life.

Socialization also, differs for males and females in that certain races expect different things of each gender. Two races that come to mind that have very different socialization of genders is that of the Hispanic and that of the Arab. The Hispanic culture socializes males and females to act very differentially. In males a sense of male domination, known as machismo, which entitles them to authority and privilege is instilled. In contrast to this Hispanic females are instilled with a sense of spirituality known as marianismo, that teaches females to endure suffering and self-sacrifice. These stereotypical roles are taught to Hispanic children and reinforced by their culture and even by the media. Thus, one sees a very different set of attitudes and personality develop in Hispanic males and females.

The other race that socializes males and females differently is that of the Arab culture. This is perhaps the most striking