Oppression of Women

1233 Words Oct 1st, 2008 5 Pages
Women go through distressing cruelty and oppression mostly because America is a patriarchal society, a male dominated society in which older men are in positions of power. Many unfortunate evils run loose and free in this society because either society does little to stop it, or at times, even encourages this destructive behavior. In the articles “Battering: Who’s Going to Stop It” and “Protecting Male Abusers and Punishing the Women Who Confront Them” we see one of these unfortunate evils and the damaging effect of it against women. Women are beaten helplessly without the aid of any of our patriarchal authorities in achieving justice, as if justice falls solely on the footsteps of men. In the articles “The Politics of Housework” and “The …show more content…
Plus, they are also blamed for allowing their man’s abusive behavior and failing to protect her child. Instead of blaming the true person in the wrong, the man, our patriarchal society once again puts the blame on the woman.
Sexism is another unfortunate evil that is firmly fixed into our patriarchal structure of society. Our society has been organized around the idea that public fields of our society, such as work and education are a man’s territory, and the private matters, such as family, is a woman’s niche. The contradiction between the truth of many women’s lives and the social institutions shaped by this belief in division of roles is a major source of tension in contemporary society.
It is even a major source of tension within the household, as seen in “The Politics of Housework”. The work done in the home, such as housework and nurturing, demands a lot of attention, attention and skill. Women still do much of this work at home even though their participation in the work field has increased. This article demonstrates the struggle involved in getting men to share in the responsibility for chores. Since housework is associated with women, it is seen as demeaning and lacing in value. The husband provides numerous complaints to doing housework since it should be a woman’s job. One was that he hates it more than her, but she doesn’t mind it so much. A comment which had a very sexist underlying meaning that housework is degrading

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