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Chris Sarmas Professor Gordon-Roth 2 December 2011 Philosophy 101

Gender Inequality: The Most Existential Problem of Our Time


Gender inequality is ubiquitous: it permeates throughout our society like a malignant tumor and has corroded our moral and virtuous aspects of humanity. Some people like to give a straw-man (or should I say straw-woman) argument that posits sexual dimorphisms as innate qualities between men and women. Focusing on these physiological traits only debases our humanity and makes us lose sight of what we can change through practical action. The lightning that sparks this bolt of will-power in us emanates from an irrefutable truth: that there are striking disadvantages against women who seek to rise beyond their house-wife status; that irrepressible prejudices inhibit any woman who wants to be strong and just as powerful as men. These sexual differences and constructs are drilled into our heads and classified as sine qua non, tangible in some of the most trifling aspects of our society and are so irrelevant when it comes to assigning good and bad values on men and women: Parents who don their infants with blue and pink caps, corporations that mass-produce Barbie dolls for little girls and churn out the G.I Joes for those precocious little soldier boys. Of course there are more degrading examples of how society distinguishes between boy/girl and male/female constructs, which ironically enough, make boys and men also repressed and cosigned to a gender role that might be the complete opposite of their true nature. But we dont have to be sidetracked by societys illusory faith in gender constructs; we can examine more palpable cases of womenespecially strong womenvilified and maltreated in our society. It will also be importantfor future reference in dealing with womens issuesto

specify what type of culture, religion, ethnicity, country, etc., we are dissecting; it will be more detrimental to our aims of engendering awareness of the discrimination of women if we look too broadly and think of woman as a monolithic, static construction. This perception will cause too many generalization that will be forced back upon us like a jujutsu move; better to error on the side of myopia then in dealing with the overall women question. In narrowing our aims so that we can attain tangible progress for the betterment of women, let us look at the types of discrimination afflicting women in the United States. First, we must fight against the perception that the United States is the most unparalleled land of freedom for women; just from the fact that we ranked number 19 on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report (DiBranco) alone disputes that assertion (quite a prestigious, reputable organization that has done a lot in fighting the evil scourge or racism, global warming, and a couple of other ones far more important to list). In fact, the presupposition that the United States is the most affluent and work-force friendly industrial powerhouse is a quite a fallacious stance to take when you look at the pervasive disparity of income growth between men and women. Now lets look at the contrast between strong men and women of America; many can be found in CEO positions and they represent whats the greatest in America (excuse me for my cant; Ive already outdone myself in this essay and Im percolating too much for my own good: wait till the racism paper comes; then youll truly see me lay out the widest swath of invectives known to mankind, of course against those presumptuous, evil white men who destroy everything they look at and touch with their greasy paws, but enough of this stream of consciousness).

An article in Forbes magazine, written by Judith Dobrzynski, lays out one of the most revealing examples of gender inequality in this country. From looking at the U.S. Department Labor statistics, one sees an income disparity of 21% between men and women and one truly becomes indignant when Judith observes how every one of those, lascivious male charlatans 100 of themwere paid at least 18 million dollars in contrast to a meager three million dollars earned by only 18 women (Dobrzynski), those poor, oppressed Joan of Arcs who still live to fight another day as they quake over those internal and external shackles that repress their true souls and grasp (with dignity) at whatever trinkets evil white Americans spits out of their gorging mouths. Now, one rebuttal proffered by those who want to perpetuate the status-quo clinging on with the tips of their finger nails to their utopia of male hegemonyis that men act more aggressive by nature and this testosterone excreting out of their puss-filled glands is actually conducive for high-risk trades that bring in millions of dollars. Fine, let them by nature believe in this absurdity because their own corrupted nature always instinctively thinks their superior to woman anyway, but can they shed us light on why mens bonuses are three times higher than those of womens? Surely we must conclude from this interesting tidbit that women are valued less than men in the corporate food chain, that women are relegated to a trifling amount of money once those male fat-cats finish rifling out the 100 dollar bills. We must disabuse those of the illusion that women (strong, steely-eyed ones) are not as qualified as men are when it comes to squeezing out the millions on their investment trades: why should only men offshore and outsource American production to countries with cheap, dispensable labor? Shouldnt woman also play a high-risk stake in derivatives and loan-shark mortgage investments: We will truly reach equality in this country when every women CEO earns an equal distribution of bail-out money doled out by the taxpayers. For too long men have gobbled up the attention at

those press conferences where theyre exposed for sinking their company into the ground and stealing their workers pensions. Is it too much to ask for some fresh faces to be at the head and center of every bank debacle and scheme in this country? Wasnt America founded on the principle of equal representation?

Sources: Dibranco, Alex. "United States Ranked 19th in Gender Equality." Http://news.change.org/stories/united-states-ranked-19th-in-gender-equality. 13 Oct. 2009. Web. 01 Dec. 2011. <http://news.change.org/stories/united-states-ranked-19th-in-gender-equality>.

Dobrzynski, Judith , H. "The Highest-Paid Women In Corporate America - Forbes.com." Information for the World's Business Leaders - Forbes.com. 10 Sept. 2008. Web. 01 Dec. 2011. <http://www.forbes.com/2008/09/10/highest-paid-women-lead-cz_jd_0910women_essay.html>.