Women in Society
Throughout history, men have always been portrayed as the dominant sex. Women have been seen as less than human, and denied basic rights. Woman has always been dependent on man. Feminism has played a large part in changing how society views women. Even though we are seeing more women succeeding in men’s roles, Shared cultural conceptions of what it means to be male or female in society are still defining women as unequal, subordinates. Women are still dependent on men. However women are an essential component in society. So what exactly defines a woman? What is her role in modern society?will she ever be equal on all levels to man
Madame de Beauvoir wrote a book in 1949 called,” The Second Sex” in which she talks about the oppression of women on all levels by men.Beauvoir’s main point is that, women are defined in relation to men. Men are the self, or subject. Women are the other, defective, incomplete versions of men. She asks, “What is a woman” (1). In fact, women are not defective at all, just different. As in all species classified as a mammal, different sex organs are essential for reproduction. Females need a womb to carry an embryo. It is a design by nature, not a defective product from the assembly line. Beauvoir agrees that human beings fall into two categories, with different biological characteristics. These features do not define what a woman is, nor do they define man. A woman is a product of her upbringing in a particular environment.
Humans are born either male or female, and then, imprinted with culturally learned gender roles from a very young age. Horse breeders use imprinting. At birth, foals experience sensations such as banging of the feet to simulate shoeing. These lessons learned before the mothers have bonded with the foals shape the behavior significantly in later life. The role's humans learn are dependent on culture. People are not born feminine or masculine just like they are not born...