Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Who Is To Say What the “Norm” Is?

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Everyone has this picture of what a normal person is like. As we discussed in class, the “mythical norm” is a white, thin, wealthy, young, Christian male. Anyone outside of these standards are known to be different. If someone is homosexual they are considered weird. If people are a different race, they are considered outsiders. If people are from a poor economic class, they are considered inferior. Who is to say what the “norm” really is?

Society has created this “mythical norm” and if you are not a part of it, you are different, and apparently different is not acceptable. You get treated as if you are not important. Women still get discriminated against today such as in the workforce. Why has there never been a woman president? The intersection of the “isms” (racism, sexism, classism, etc.) establishes this “norm” which exerts power over people. If you are not considered normal, you are judged, criticized, and even discriminated against. The people who consider themselves normal feel and act like they have power over people who are not the same as them. Society has its eyes closed on what normal really is. It is okay to be different. In American all people are supposed to be treated equal. Isn’t that what our country and the people in it has fought for? So why do these “isms” and “norm” still continue to exist? I believe society needs to open their eyes and realize that no one is truly normal. Everyone is unique and has their own characteristics that make them who they are. Who cares is my skin color is different than one of my friends. Who cares if you and rich and your friend is poor. People are people and deserve to be treated equal no matter what they look like, what they believe, or what they practice.

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