Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

The “Norm” in this Society

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Look around at the society we live in. Do you see anything wrong with it? The society we live in today is unbelievable with their expectations and standards. Who said anyone had to be a white, young, thin, Christian male to fit in? People call these characteristics the “Norm.” If you do not fall under this category, you are known to be “different” and outsiders to the rest.

In this society, we have “isms” (Racism, Sexism, Classism, etc.) that work to establish this “Norm.” These “isms” exert power over the people because of the judgmental place we live in. These people judge anyone who is not like them and make the individuals feel uncomfortable in their own skin because they have a few differences. It should not matter the color of your skin, what sex you prefer, how old you are, or what you look like. Especially if you are from a poor community, you are looked down upon. This situation exists in so many schools today and it really bothers me. People who exhibit the “isms” tend to think they are better than the outsiders and gain power and confidence over them. Being different should not be criticized or discriminated against because you don’t fall into the “Norm.” You should be able to be content with who you are and proud of what you are.

The society needs to get it together and realize people come in varieties and that’s what makes this place so amazing. People that are “normal” need to stop acting better than others. America needs to focus on being a better country and stop worrying about women doing men’s jobs, who makes the most money, or who looks the best in a bikini. Everyone functions the same way, and deserves to be treated equally. Everyone is special on their own unique way. No two people are the same.

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