Essay on Sexism and the Contribution of Confucianism to China

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I. Introduction
A. Background
The contribution to the idea of sexism manifested through belief of Confucianism and aids the identification of the controversial need to identify gender roles and the Chinese perspective of women's rights in modern China.
II. Identification of Gender Roles A. Taboo 1.Assignment of a Functional Role 2.Allocation of Roles B. Why a Woman Can't Be More Like a Man? 1. Vive la Différence

III. The Contribution of Confucianism to the Idea of Sexism A. Confucian Women 1.Deification of Reproductive Power 2.Minimizing the Rights of Women

IV. The Chinese
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The choice of the occupational and recreational roles of an individual was also unquestionable due to traditional definitions of maleness and femaleness and the determination of what actions and activities are appropriate for each. Those who choose to deviate from the norm faced a major dilemma associated with these sex roles that fell into two characteristics: severe social retribution and accepting or rejecting the socially prescribed role. When disturbing the balance of a society by deviating from the traditional standards one is subject to ostracism and alienation. Thomas and Znaniecki (1918-1920) introduced the idea that a person's thinking processes and attitudes are constructed by the interaction between that person's situation and his or her behavior. Those individuals who willing rejected the traditional values, beliefs, and ideas were ultimately subject to death.
The allocation of the roles is based solely on the most obvious differences between men and women. Men were larger, stronger and possessed a greater amount of endurance where as women were viewed as smaller, weaker and were considered flawed because of menstruation. Men were favored because of their physical strength, the absentness of periodic bleeding, and did not participate in any role of bearing and nurturing of children. Women’s bodies-female sexuality, their ability to procreate and their pregnancy, breast-feeding, and child care, menstruation, and

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