Sexism in Our Society Essay

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Sexism in Our Society

Sexism has always been a major issue for women. It seems that today, everyone has to be careful of what they say and do so as to avoid offending someone. While everyone is busy worrying about extinguishing sexism towards women - which still is an issue that needs to be taken care of, who is concerned with sexism towards men? Sexism is just as much of an issue to men as it is to women.

Many people believe that men have advantages over women when comes to a topic such as occupation. Although this may be true, in some cases it is in fact exactly the opposite. Today?s society is so concerned with political correctness and equal rights to women that it has almost completely forgotten about equal
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton is a fine example of sexism toward men. While defending women?s rights and making a stand against sexism toward women in her piece Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Stanton demonstrates (many times) examples of sexism toward men: ?The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries?on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her? (165). By blaming men for every repression women have suffered over the years, Stanton is completely contradicting her argument by being sexist toward men.

In a more modern example, a 2004 study by Peter Glick and Robin Wells, both of the Department of Psychology at Lawrence University, involving sixteen nations showed hostile attitudes toward men. ?Stereotype measures indicated that men were viewed as having?more powerful traits than women. The authors argue that hostile?attitudes toward men reflect and support gender inequality by characterizing men as being designed for dominance.?

This leads to the subject of how men have been viewed throughout the course of history. In the past, men have been seen as the protectors and providers of the household, just as women have been most popularly viewed as
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