I Interviewed My Mom, Sandy Coleman

1520 WordsNov 29, 20147 Pages
I interviewed my mom, Sandy Coleman, because throughout her life, she has always seemed to knock down gender roles. Throughout my interview with her, a major theme that seemed to appear was that she didn 't, and still doesn 't, conform to societies standards of what a woman should be. My mother was never involved in political activism or women 's rights at all, however by striking down societal norms, I believe she is a role model for many young women including myself. My mom said that she was treated a lot differently than her brother Larry was. She told me a story about how when she was young, her mother told her that she needed to clean her room. My mom questioned why she should have to clean her room while her brother didn 't…show more content…
I think the reason why they thought that was fun was because that 's what was shown in the media and in advertisement. Domestic containment continues to operate because humans repeat what they see. When my mom was about 11 years old, she started doing karate because he brother started doing it as well and her dad thought it would be "cute" if she started doing it as well. My mom wanted to shatter the image of it being cute for her doing karate and that 's exactly what she did. She had gotten so good at it that she couldn 't spar against anyone her own age. She had to start sparring against young adult men of 17 or 18 years old and she would beat them just about every time. What started out as being something that was cute, turned in to her finding a really great hobby that she was very good at. This shows how my mom was able to show people that just because she was a girl didn 't mean that she couldn 't be tough. A common stereotype against women is that we are weak and can 't compete against men however my mom proved that that stereotype is false. My mother faced some discrimination and sexism in the work place as an adult. At her first job at Jack in the Box, the women were expected to work at the cash registers to be the pretty little girls, and the men were
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