Sexism Is Prolonged Cruel, Or Unjust Treatment?

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By definition oppression is prolonged cruel, or unjust treatment. In today’s society those who are considered to be in a dominant group are whites, men, heterosexuals and Christians. Where blacks, women, members of the LGBTQ community and Muslims are examples of groups who are oppressed. I am particularly engrossed with the oppression towards women. In todays culture women have been put down and are not seen as equal towards their male counterparts. Those with sexist attitudes would more than likely say that women are here to take care of their husbands and children in the form of cooking and cleaning and nothing more. I believe that this is due to the fact that we live in a patriarchal society where men are not only viewed as the “better” sex but they are also treated as such. With my interest in how sexism affects female college students I came across an article called, “What It Means To Be a Woman:” Ambivalent Sexism in Female College Students’ Experiences and Attitudes by Alice Fields, Suzanne Swan and Bret Kloos. In this article, it is about a study that was conducted to examine several themes related to ambivalent sexism. It investigated how the development of gender are experienced by women in their every day lives. There were three goals when this study was conducted. The first goal was to “examine the essay content to see if themes related to ambivalent sexism were spontaneously generated when women described their gender-based experiences” (Fields, Swan, &

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