How Gender Discrimination Is Not The Only Type Of Prejudice

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"Hah, you 're working? Like actually working in the field? You are so small, you’ll never be able to work like I can," my co-worker told me on my first day of work at a local organic farm. I was taken back by his question because it was my first time ever experiencing any type of discrimination. My feelings were hurt at first, but I simply responded to him by saying, "I can work just as good as you can, just wait and see." I witnessed just as Scout did in To Kill a Mockingbird, being a girl is not easy. Even almost 80 years after this book takes place, women are still seen as frail, fragile, servants. Despite being sharp-witted Miss Maudie can not serve on a jury and people cringe at the sight of little Scout in overalls. Gender…show more content…
Scout does not only feel trapped as a girl, but she is also very confused as to why Jem believes everyone loathes women, she writes, “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that a girl always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with” (Lee 45). Scout feels unclear about her brothers misogynist thoughts because her brother is saying everyone loathes women due to the fact that they always imagine things. Scout would be proud today to see where our country has come in regards to gender prejudices. If Scout walked our streets today she would be surprised to see women in pants, with short hair, or dressing like men. She would certainly be surprised when she saw feminine men passing by without uttering a word or battering an eyelash about it, or man completely transforming to a woman. On April 24th, 2015, the world’s eyes were on the newly named “Caitlyn Jenner’s” two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to watch it live, but I saw pieces of the interview in days to follow. I, along with many others watched Caitlyn detailing her struggles, in trying to free herself, and the only way for her to do it was to transition from a man to a woman. “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, 'You just blew your entire life. You never
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