Race, Class and Gender in the United States
• Priority on sex, race and class.
• Race and gender difference portrayed as unbridgeable and immutable. (not capable of change)
• Men and women portrayed as polar opposites’ with different abilities.
• While skinned people of European origins viewed themselves as superior in intelligence and ability to people with darker skin or different physical characteristics.
• South Carolina slave code of 1712 and Dred Scott Decision in Part V11 say “Negroes” were believed to be members of a different and lesser race.
• Orientals and Mexicans were naturally suited to perform kinds of brutal, sometimes crippling farm labor which whites were ‘physically unable to adapt’.
• Asians populations have been said to be naturally suited to the tedious and precise labor required in the electronics industry. (An appeal to supposedly innate [born with] race and gender difference).
• Property qualifications for voting have been used to prevent African Americans and poor whites the ability to vote.
• Being a person of property was considered an indication of superior intelligence and character.
• Calvinism taught that success in business was a sign of being in God’s grace and being poor was a punishment from God as well.
• The categories of gender, race and class rather than being ‘given’ in nature, they reflect culturally constructed differences that maintain the prevailing [ to win and take over] distribution of power and privilege in a society and they change in relation to changes in social, political and economic life.
• Sex- a biologically based category
• Gender- refers to the particular set of socially constructed meanings that are associated with each sex.
• Every society has different options on what a womans, gender role is verses a man. For example, some societies believe that women carry the heavy loads while other suggest that is it a male’s job.
• Even within cultures where woman are the ones to perform...