Gender Inequality Within India And India

996 WordsOct 23, 20154 Pages
What is inequality? When you look up the definition of inequality online, it tells you that it means the condition of being unequal, lack of equality, disparity, inequality of size, and social disparity. In simple terms, gender inequality is defined as discrimination against women based on their sex. Women are generally considered as the weaker sex. They are misused, degraded, violated and segregated both in homes and in the outside world. Women are oppressed all around the world, yet it is more prominent in India. Social and economic processes produce and reproduce gender inequality within the community and the family. Using the examples from A Life Less Ordinary and “Son Preference and Daughter Neglect in India”, I will demonstrate how son preference and the patriarchal society play a role in gender inequality. “Son preference and Daughter Neglect in India” talks about the ideology of son preference in India and what it means for the health and care of girls who survive infancy. A key factor driving gender inequality is the preference for sons, as they are deemed more useful than girls. Boys are given the exclusive rights to inherit the family name and properties and they are viewed as additional status for their family. Another factor is that of religious practices, which can only be performed by males for their parents ' afterlife. All these factors make sons more desirable. Moreover, the prospect of parents ‘losing’ daughters to the husband’s family and expensive

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