Gender Stereotyping

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Gender Stereotyping - Women in the work

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Gender Stereotyping - Women in the work

Thesis statement

Gender stereotyping is a typical phenomenon and definitely pervasive in the society today. Having existed ever since the advertising industry flourished, stereotypes are perpetuated by the mass media. Men and women are time and again represented by traditional roles which simplify their characters


We can approach these questions historically by asking how and why working-class men have, throughout the history of the labor movement, often chosen forms of trade union organization and strategies that systematically disadvantaged women workers - excluding women from their unions and, when they did organize with women, accepting, even demanding, gendered occupations and wage differentials. Some have emphasized men's gendered material interests, pointing out how women's low wages shore up men's power in the home.

The Brehon Law applied to all areas of life and reflects the values of the people. In education, the rule was "instruction without reservation, correctness without harshness are due from the master to the pupil." The master was also expected to feed and clothe his student. The student, in turn, was indebted to his instructor whom he was expected to support in his old age if the instructor was incapacitated or had no clan to care for him. (Douglous Thornton 1970) Under the law, anyone who insulted or assaulted a student was guilty of insult or assault to the teacher. It was, therefore, to the teacher that a fine was paid. It was also the law that a student pay to his teacher the first fee earned by him when he graduated into a profession. Even though the mass of the people was not educated, all, including women, who desired an education could get one under the law.

While women in the Western World have been emancipated for less than a century, women in ancient Ireland were nearly on an equal footing with men. They were queens in their own right and led troops into battle. Women always held a place of respect in Celtic society and were accorded their rights as well. It took English law and civilization "to put women in their place." Ironically, the stamping out of the Brehon Laws, and with them the rights of women, was finally accomplished under Queen Elizabeth of England. After marriage, the woman was a partner with, and not the property of, her husband. She remained the sole owner of property that had been hers prior to marriage. Property jointly owned by her and her husband could not be sold without her approval and consent. A married woman retained the right to pursue a case at law as well as recover for debt in her own person. In certain cases of legal separation for good cause, the wife not only took with her all of the marriage portion and gifts, but an amount over and above that for damages.

In ancient Ireland, under Brehon Law, the lowest clansman stood on an equal footing with his ...
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