Alice Chung Blog 4

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After seeing this photo and the message the text gave out, I started thinking of the different standards of men and women, whether politicians or the average day paycheck to paycheck worker.  Women are experiencing a gap in wages in some social classes; others are experiencing more benefits than ever, which I would include maternity leave for fathers, since it helps the mother in the process of taking care of a newborn.  But the problem doesn’t simply lie in the wage gap.  The root of the problem lies within a gendered society and its somewhat unreasonable standards and exploitation.  Aside from the wage gap, the question posed on Hilary Clinton held an underlying standard for women specifically.  It’s obvious that most fashion magazines cater to women, even the men magazines: this includes clothes, accessories, makeup, even the “appropriate” way to behave.  Much like the article Connect The Dots, the average working woman lie in a constant exploited cycle of making money and having to “invest” in themselves to “get noticed and get promoted,” etc.  Sure, not all jobs require women to put on a designer suit, do their makeup, etc.  But then think about what many of the jobs are for women since the 1960’s: in the office as a secretary, in the store, stereotypical flight attendants, nurses, etc.  Many are “assistant” positions and if not, more the reason to be able to spend more to show off, right?  This leads to another issue.  Ever since childhood, educational pictures and cards teach us that a doctor is a man and a nurse is a woman and leaves the idea of a very gendered society.  Media shows women wearing various clothes from pants to skirts while men wear the common suit or shirt and jeans.  These ideologies of how to be a proper “woman” contributes the wage gap, or should we call it a spending gap between men and women.  In fact, if anything, women should be paid more for more expenses  depending on what their job entails.  So, going back to Hilary, if our society wasn’t gendered and had equal standards of presentation, would that reporter have asked?  No, the reporter would definitely NOT have asked.

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