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Sexisum Essay

830 words - 4 pages

Sexism in Politics
Kunali Shah, Ashli Malone, Angelica Lobiondo, Marefia Yisak, Aquiel Reinhardt (MAAAK 5)
Scandal Clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1oyIEgDWAQ
Background On Clip/Show
This excerpt of a clip is from a show called Scandal.
Scandal is a show that started in the year 2012 and it is currently on its third season.
The creator of the show is Shonda Rhimes, which in turn has also created Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Background on Clip/Show (cont’d)
It is about a woman, Olivia Pope, who has a team that is supposed to protect the highest people in office from as the show suggest scandal, and from it leaking to the public.
This clip shows a theme that is shown throughout the show on several occasions, that theme is sexism in politics.

Background on Sexism
Sexist attitudes stem from traditional stereotypes of gender roles, which believes that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other.
Gender inequalities have been dated back as far as the Hammurabi code in ancient civilization and various religious documents and laws.
Early cultures tied a woman to either a patriarchal figure, because they were thought incapable of life without a man.
Women today have learned to deal with sexism in their own ways whether it is to play into the stereotypes, fight against it or just live platonically with them.

History of Sexism
Women have been viewed as the weaker sex. They were the care takers of the home, expected to watch and raise the children, and make sure their husband’s were presentable for a productive day at work.
Women had earned the right to vote in 1928, but had little say in personal lives.
It wasn’t until the 40s and 50s that women began to take part in the workforce by necessity, due to WWII.

History of Sexism (cont’d)
Images like “Rosie the Riveter”, a woman who was as capable as any man was in the workforce, shifted the notion of women being weak and incompetent
During the 60s and 70s, the Women’s Movement was in full swing trying to earn women certain rights men seemed to be born with. Women picketed and signed petitions in order to have their voices heard. While some women gave their lives, women have not yet achieved full equality.
Gender roles are still being enforced in young children and women are still trying to break through the “glass ceiling” in order to advance up the corporate ladder and in politics.

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