Double Standard Essay

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Double Standard

The existence of a double standard for Women today is a main reason why women become
extremely radical. Women that do not appreciate being stereotyped and discriminated
against, protest in forms of rallying and with lawsuits against people or institutions of
society. The areas of society that use or even enforce a double standard against women may
consider women to be inferior to men. This idea of superiority is discrimination. Often
the work place, sports, and within homes do we see this idea of a double standard for
women.

There has always been a double standard for women. The early twentieth century was tough
for most women. They were expected to stay at home, take care of the children and cook
meals for their husbands. Women were viewed as simple objects that belonged to men. It was
common for women or even young girls to dress like boys, they would be raised under strict
eyes and forced to learn how to cook and clean, just like their mothers did.

The work force consisted mostly of men, workers and higher executive style positions.
During the mid twentieth century a woman would earn about half of what men earned for the
same exact job, and with the same qualifications. The reason behind this was that a woman,
especially a married woman is likely to work less due to the risk of having a child. In
the work place the pay for women and number of managerial jobs, doctors, and lawyers has
increased, however, equal pay is still a goal. The "glass ceiling" effect is an idea that
explains how women, and minorities see the he top positions but can never reach them. Some
women entering a job were not just discriminated against through pay, but also with sexual
harassment. Male employees would assume that a woman had got a job by sleeping with the
boss, and also she is there to do womanly type jobs, such as, making coffee, or
answering phones. This stereotype of women in the work force is diminishing as time
passes, but still exists today. Sexual harassment is a serious crime and women are more
likely to stand up for themselves in today's society.

The sports world has been a new area where women are recognized. In previous times women's
sports were almost non-existent. In schools many girl teams did not receive adequate funds
for uniforms and equipment. Boys sports were much more popular, such as football or
basketball. If a girl wanted to play a guy sport she would be labeled as a

"Tomboy", and was probably cut from any tryouts. In recent times women's sports are
becoming more popular, except the fans are predominantly women. The WNBA is the women's
version of the NBA, but not nearly treated the same or as popular. Colleges and
Universities have a variety of sports for girls and boys. Some girls might try to cross-
into boy's teams and it usually causes a controversy or a lawsuit against the University.
A boy would never try a girl's sport. Women are very sensitive about their rights and what
they are capable of doing in our society that is why they continue to gain power slowly
but steadily.

"Will there always be a sexual double standard in society ?." The answer is based on ones
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