What I consider to be my family is very different from the typical “family mold” that Devora speaks of. Society is shocked by anything other than the norm it has grown accustomed to, but I think it should be embraced. Acker states that “heterosexuality is simply assumed, not questioned” (Acker). Society then thinks, and even sometimes comments outloud, rude or offensive things about alternative families and families that don’t quite fit the mold. Examples of families that may not fit the mold are extensive and include families with donor insemination, single mothers, parents who adopt or use surrogates, LGBTQ+ families with parents of the same gender, and many more (Devora). I believe that there is not just one right way to raise a family and that our society needs a wake up call. Traditional views are not the only answer, and sometimes it isn’t even the best answer, in my opinion, when there are so many options out there.
Some of these thoughts stay with us and carry over to our jobs. The idea that society holds that men are better workers than women is what holds gender inequality together still and has lead to problems with wage gap and unequal opportunities. It’s been proven multiple times throughout history that there isn’t a “smarter sex” (Buchmann), as well as it being discovered that young women are steadily outperforming young men at the high school age (Buchmann). However, men continue to be trained for managerial jobs while women are working as tellers or secretaries in lower level positions (Acker). According to the Census Bureau, the Department of Education, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working full time in the U.S. generally were compensated with 79% of what men were paid in 2014 (Hallman). This gap lays out a serious case of discrimination in our country. This just further proves how unfair it is for two people who are equally qualified, have been rewarded and salaried differently, after completing the same work.
Society, in my opinion, needs to move forward, in which we find out more about an individual before making assumptions based on stereotypes or gender (Devora). In such a world, we need to realize that we are continuously progressing, and that gender has absolutely no effect on the abilities or intelligence of any person, regardless of their gender. Even when observing the straightforward aspects of gender equality, such as equal pay, society needs to create laws that strive to emphasize discrimination, or even stop it before it even starts (Hallman). I think that the time for society has come to treat everyone, in any scenario, equal to each other. My question is that what are we going to do to make this happen? How much longer do we have to wait for this to be our reality?
Acker, J. (2006, August). Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations. Gender and Society, 20(4), 441-464. doi:10.1177/0891243206289499
Buchmann, C., Diprete, T. A., & McDaniel, A. (2008). Gender Inequalities in Education [Abstract]. Annual Review of Sociology, 34(1), 319-337. doi:10.1146/annurev.soc.34.040507.134719
Devora, S. (2014, May 13). 3 Ways to Talk About Nontraditional Family Structures Appropriately. http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/05/talk-about-nontraditional-family/
Hallman, L. D. (n.d.). The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.