Sexism put women at a disadvantage. This essay

Sexism is prejudice,
stereotyping or discrimination on the basis of the sex or sex (typically
against women). This social topic is a form of oppression and domination, also
because many social form of hierarchy and abuse is shown in a male-over-female
domination. Women are mainly affected by sexism, feminist theorist wet around
explaining that the oppression woman was common in nearly all human society. The
difference between men and women are easily taken as given and practices by
rules, policies and laws that may seem in benefit towards both but in fact put
women at a disadvantage. This essay aims to explore sexism in the terms of slut
shaming; the practice of criticizing women and girls who are
perceived to violate expectations of behavior and appearance regarding issues
related to sexuality. There a many ethical solutions that can be used to solve
the dilemma of sexism.

 

Through the eyes of Plato,
he had many different views on sexism mainly on the nature and the abilities of
a woman. Plato was known as the one early feminist or at least that’s what they
say. He argued that woman are able to take on social roles the same as men.1 According to Plato and in
the realm of the Pythagoras’ ideas that men are seen as the opposite of woman,
the men being a spiritual nature and the woman being of a materialistic nature.
Plato’s studies went as far as saying men and woman have different souls and
that the female body does not necessarily contain a “female” soul. Plato plays
the role as a feminist as he said that the life in a female body is punishment
for cowardice. He also suggests that “female” refers to someone who is
connected to the world thorough a bodily level and “male” is someone who has
risen to a higher philosophical level. Plato’s principal that he builds on is
that woman are just as capable as men to be rulers in society.

 

The first ethical solution
using Plato’s principal is that the government or state can put in specific
laws that protect women’s rights by insuring that women are paid as much as men
and given the same opportunities.2 Women should also be
granted services where they can identify or voice their oppression in a
specific environment. This will benefit women by allowing them to be more
independent and less oppressed in society. Also providing services will benefit
women as they will be given the opportunity to take action against sexism for
themselves. Having specific laws to protect women’s rights will allow women to
live free from discrimination and allow them to live equally.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche views on
sexism mainly focuses on women, he believes women are incapable of doing most
tasks/activities without a man or a male role model. Friedrich Nietzsche
expects women to follow a man’s lead and believe that a woman in his life are
accepting his point of views. Friedrich Nietzsche had three principal towards
sexism which were skeptic, Nietzsche is afraid that older women are skeptical
in their hearts than any man. The second principal is the strength of the weak,
where he believes that women are inventive with their weakness so they appear
as “fragile ornaments who hurt even by a speck of dust.” And his last
principal, Vita Femina. Nietzsche calls life a woman as he speaks about the
Greek prayer “everything beautiful twice and even three times. He also states
about this principal that the one half of mankind is weak, changeable and
shifty. He also says “women avail themselves of children for the cult of pity.”
Some of the derogatory comments he makes towards women are calling them “big
cows” and stating that if he had the choice of choosing between a woman and
animals he would choose the animal.

An ethical solution towards Friedrich
Nietzsche’s principals are that women should be all kept in one area to perform
the womanly roles such as: cooking, cleaning and nurturing instead of providing
and going out to get an education. This will oppress the women as this is how
Friedrich Nietzsche believed women should be in a society. Also this will make
women feel inferior to men as they will have to always rely on a man to be the
leader and keep them safe in society. This solution will provide men with the
supply of women to do what they want to do without being judged or held
accountable for their actions being carried out.

 

Sexism is generally pointed
towards females and how they choose to portray their appearance out in public.
A modern issue in today’s society known as “slut shaming” is when a person or
society stigmatizes a woman or women for engaging in behaviour judged to be
sexually provocative or promiscuous. Slut shaming can easily lead others to
categorize and perceive women to be a certain way, the way society wants women
to be. For many years, and for which is still carried through in society today,
women are categorized and judged based off their physical appearance.3 They are judged for
dressing with revealing clothing and for whom they associate themselves more
with, male or female.4 Slut shaming is directly
in correlation with sexism and can be labelled as sexist mainly because females
are taught from a young age to protect their sexuality while males are
encouraged for such “wild” behaviour. However the saying goes “boys will be
boys” by girls will be sluts, whores, etc., for such actions. 

 

An ethical solution towards
slut shaming is to allow and encourage young women and women of today’s society
to not be afraid to be who they are and dress how they feel. An ethical
solution that began in 2011 that is called the “slut walk” was brought together
by a celebrity by the name of Amber Rose whom was disgusted by a comment said
by a Toronto Police officer.5 This ethical solution
should also be here to guide and educate young men about what sexism is and how
it affects and how it has affected and shaped the minds in our society.

 

In conclusion the topic of
sexism is a form of oppression and domination, also because many social form of
hierarchy and abuse is shown in a male-over-female domination. It is a prejudice,
stereotyping or discrimination on the basis of the sex or sex (typically
against women).6
This essay aimed to explore sexism in the terms of slut shaming; the practice of criticizing women and girls who are perceived to
violate expectations of behavior and appearance regarding issues related to
sexuality. As well as it portrayed the views of sexism and possible ethical
solutions through the eyes of Philosophers Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche. There
a many ethical solutions that can be used to solve the dilemma of sexism
however many need would need to be willing to open their minds and see.

 

 

 

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2  “The Role Of Women In Plato’s Republic.” Role
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3 Sexual orientation
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