Sexism exists in the world, where unfortunately women are often undermined of their talent and wisdom by men who use sexist social norms to their advantage. Of course, men themselves are also expected to live by certain unwritten codes. Men are not encouraged, for instance, to show their emotions when reacting to a situation—while it’s almost certain and expected that women would react with emotion for better or for worse. Men are taught to “toughen up” in a derogatory way, and are often compared to women and girls if showing weakness.
“The battle of the sexes” as it’s also known, has been a long and endearing topic of discussion, from laughing about it in classic shows like “I Love Lucy” to laughing and living it in more contemporary shows like “Friends”. Pulling in audiences, these and other shows made us realize that there just are certain characteristics that can make us either love or hate the other half! This becomes problematic when media reinforces the unfortunate stereotype: “It’s OK to hate the other gender. It’s expected!”
Being more socially aware has lessened the divide between males and females in recent years, but believing and living old stereotypes still esists. The old adage of “You can’t teach a dog new tricks” has stayed with us in our own development as individuals, even though the pre-assumption that a male has to outdo a woman in business, in relationships, and academically only seek to further divide us as humans. It has real world consequences in the form of an unfair wage gap between males and females. This division has also been seen in religion and culture, where it is clearly about the patriarchy in the Abrahamic Faiths with the presence of a male figurehead and a general society that was very unfair to women by today’s standards.
Both women and men have their own talent and wisdom that they offer each other in moving forward, but a foot in the past just can’t help with strides for the future.
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