Throughout time women have been undermined and put down by lots of men in society. They have been expected to act a certain way, look a certain way and be something they are not. People say this had changed, people say it is different now, but it is not. Although it is better, women can work and play sport, you only have to look around to see that there is still so much inequality in the world. Women are sometimes still not paid the same amount as men even though they are doing the same job. They are pressured into so many things and this must change.
A recent study revealed that women’s magazines have 10.5 times more weight loss adverts than men’s. Women are expected to be thin and models on magazines are photo shopped constantly to society’s idea of perfection. This pressure to be slim and have a flawless figure is the main cause of severe eating disorders such as anorexia. As if this expectation was not enough women are pressured into all kinds of other things. If they do not have perfect makeup before they leave the house it is because they don’t care. They are expected to always be smiling and always look fresh even when they are completely exhausted.
This is just society’s view. But when you realise that this discrimination goes on in the workplace and at schools too, it is a huge blow back to reality. In many companies, women must wear high-heels. Women have been sent home for wearing flat shoes (like Nicola Thorp) and refusing to change them. As part of a dress code, companies are legally allowed to force women to wear heels (despite impracticality) as long as men have the same level of smartness. The government refused to change this law when Nicola campaigned, and stated that it was already “adequate”. Apparently to force women into wearing painful and annoying shoes is completely acceptable. So does it seem like there is equality to you?
Women have always been expected to have manners and be quiet and vulnerable. The saying “That’s not very lady-like” is frequently thrown around. But often that’s not who we want to be. Many girls do not want to “fit the mould” that society has left ready for them. Girls must not complain and dutifully get on with their work and activities such as singing whilst boys are out playing football. Can’t a girl play football too? At many schools boys will play certain sports and girls will not be allowed to participate.
Of course I’m not saying that a girl should not wear makeup or shouldn’t be quiet and shy. It’s ok to want to look good. All I am saying is we should have a choice. We should have the freedom to be whoever we want to be. Not just women, but men too. Men also have stereotypes- they are expected to be strong, brave, macho and into sport. But it’s ok for a man to sing, they too should have the freedom to vulnerable and quiet. Every person has the right to be whoever they want to be. They should not feel pressured by society to look how they don’t want to. Everyone is equally entitled to the same rights as each other, there should not be a gender pay difference, there should be equality. I want a world where everyone is free to express themselves in whatever way they choose. Discrimination needs to stop now. You need to help and WE can make a difference.
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