There are many people in today’s world who may consider the INequality of being female nothing more than a myth and the fight for equality nothing more than a plea for attention from women who are “not smart enough” or do not have enough self-respect or self-esteem. Let’s look at the facts.
According to Ms.Blog (Barbato, L., 2012), many factors exist in today’s society that still render the minority group of women as.. well.. a minority group. Barbato lists the current governmental factors in today’s society such as anti-abortion laws(The Hill, 2012), laws against insurance companies not being required to cover birth control, and elected officials voting against the Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Pay Act(NOW, 2007). Way to go America.
While all of these policies are being decided for women, it is possible for women to have an effect on the outcome of these policies. It is unfortunate that the majority of people who are making policies for women are NOT women. They belong to the intergroup of white, middle-aged, rich men. This intergroup is making decisions for various minority groups, and their voting, their actions, are proving to be damaging to the lives of these minority groups. The book “Protest, Policy, and the Problem of Violence Against Women”(Weldon, S, L., 2002) outlines several cases across the globe where the intergroup of the given government has made damaging decisions for women, such as repealing anti-rape laws and help for victims of domestic abuse (Weldon, S, L,. 2002, pg.2).
On the flip side, there are also cases cited in the book where the actions of activist groups have encouraged and sometimes forced the government of a given country to make positive decisions for a minority group. This can be seen when the Australian and Canadian governments implemented programs for law enforcement to properly investigate rape and domestic abuse against women (Weldon, S, L., 2007, p.3).
What does all of this mean? It means that prejudice against women is real on various fronts. Violence against Women still exists at home in the form of domestic abuse. This can take the form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse. Inequality still exists on a Federal level not only in the United States, but also in every other country across the globe. Most of all, inequality still exists in the mentality of women as sex objects.
This topic is of great controversy, with various opinions. Many women themselves choose to play into the role of sex object in a very aggressive way. They believe this is the way to sexual freedom, but it only plays into the belief that women are there for one thing: sex for men. This is unfortunate, but is a common self-defense mechanism. Another question that arises is this: Is sex the cause or the effect of inequality between the sexes? Even in the 1970’s, these questions were unanswered(Jackson, R, M., 1975). It is unfortunate that we, as a society, have not yet provided the one answer of equality to all, not just men.
Barbato, L., (April, 2012). Retrieved on 07/16/2012 from http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/04/28/5-reasons-to-march-for-womens-rights-today/
Vieback, E., (July, 2012). NOW blasts ‘radical right-wing men’ behind DC abortion bill. The Hill. Retrieved on 07/16/2012 from http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/abortion/237067-now-blasts-radical-right-wing-men-behind-dc-abortion-bill
Gilchrist, L., (May, 2007). Supreme Court moves backward on equal pay. NOW. Retrieved on 07/16/2012 from http://www.now.org/issues/economic/070530equalpay.html
Weldon, S, L., (2002). Protest, Policy, and the Problem of Violence Against Women. Retrieved on 07/16/2012 from http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=tWdR-UHD5XwC&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=violence+against+women+over+the+years&ots=R8UeSipQF8&sig=Rkweu0CHHG5Pbs9SsFEOb98ZuAY#v=onepage&q=violence%20against%20women%20over%20the%20years&f=false
Jackson, R, M., (1975). Men, Women, and Rape. Retrieved on 07/16/2012 from: http://www.nyu.edu/classes/jackson/sex.and.gender/Readings/DownSoLong–Sexuality.pdf