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Discussion Regarding Gender Inequality

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In terms of peer groups, females tend to be more cooperative and indirect with conflicts than male. At school, various subjects and specializations are given to separate the male from female students. For the mass media, more often than not females are considered as sex objects (Teacher’ s Presentation slide 5). The roles in the family have certain stereotypes that allow the male to be differentiated from the female gender. The differentiation is intensified by the stereotype that male parent is considered to be the breadwinner or the primary worker and provider in the family while the female parent is considered to be a home worker or more popularly called as a housewife (Giddens 254-255).

For peer groups, it is usually the females who are the ones who cooperate and may be affected by the motherly instincts as influenced by the biological factor. As school students are being prepared for the real world so the differences in subjects and specializations may come out since the work stereotype is prevalent as men are inclined to physical work while women are more into clerical work (Williams Students’ Presentation slide 12).

Lastly, mass media can still be considered as the most abusive factor in the lives of women in the society due to the fact that they are depicted as objects of fantasy for men just like the issue raised in a study made by Meika Loe as the author applied for work as a Bazoom. The author tried to check gender inequality and raise the issue of sexual harassment. It may be prominent in mass media like in posters, but the legal definition and workplace definition of sexual harassment is different.

For Giddens, sexual harassment is anything that is unwanted sexual advancement that may affect the job performance of female workers, but for Loe based upon the policy of Bazooms, sexual harassment is not related to occasional compliments with sexual advancement as long as the acts are socially acceptable. Also, the works of Bazooms greatly capitalize on sexual appeal (Loe Students’ Presentation slide 6).  

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