Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

The “Norm” and “Isms”

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In class a few days ago, we learned that the “norm” is a white, thin, wealthy, young, Christian, male. If we look around us, there are not many people at all that would fall under that category. Maybe some people could fit into one or two, but very few would fit into all of them. So then we may ask, why is this the “norm”?

Based on this “norm”, many people then fall to discrimination because of “isms” (racism, sexism, ableism, classism, etc.). These “isms” seem to give people the power to judge and ridicule others because everyone doesn’t fit into all the same categories. No one should have the power to say that they are better than anyone else just because they are a different race, sex, or age, but in reality it happens every day. I’m sure most everyone has been a victim of at least one judgmental “ism” that society has created based on the “norm”. Sadly, some people are raised to think that they are better than others based on certain differences. I would like to think that one day it will end and everyone will be accepting of others, but some people will always feel that they are superior to others and have power over them.

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