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Discussion:

2.After reading about the system of Patriarchy, what are small and subtle examples of patriarchy we see in our everyday lives in the US (in our laws, the business environment, politics, education, etc.)? How do you think that these subtle patriarchal systems contribute to continued oppression?

(Note: You donot need to respond to the discussion questions, it is included for yourreference so you are aware of what questions the students are replying to) Iposted my colleagues’ responses to the discussion question above, pleaserespond to their post. Begin the response with Hi Tierra/Reagyn) (I need atleast a half page response for each person) Please include references andprovide the url link to all journal articles you use as references. Use current(meaning within the past 2 years) scholarly journal articles as references.Please use APA 6th edition format. Thanks)

Tierra’s Post:

Modern day Patriarchy is very much alive today. while reading this chapter, it is shown that patriarchy has came along way. For example, “women were considered property by law”(Martin, n.d.). We can we that in the working field as well as in most homes. A man will move up the corporal ladder faster than a women would and would have more qualifications than the man would. In the house hold, it is still happening today but not as extreme, but men are the “bread winners”, while women are to work, cook, clean ,and take care of the house/children. The women is to obey the husband and do as told. I think the subtle patriarchal systems contribute to continued oppression by women always being seen as the weaker sex. There are always a need to work hard, to show and prove they are the best and that they know how to handle any workload that is given. On the other hand, men will always feel the need to live up to society’s standards of “being a man”.

Martin, M. E. (n.d.). Advocacy for Social Justice: A Global Perspective.

Reagyn’s Post:

“Heteropatriarchal masculinity is a polity that is sustained and protected by the elite ruling class and predominantly middle and upper class males who define personal, professional, socio-economic and political issues based on the normalization of superordination of (White) men and subordination of others by perpetuating the matrix of domination and interlocking systems of oppression” (Asumah, 2015). Societies dominated by straight, white, upper-class males tend to deny the existence of a system of inequality while justifying the existence of the same system using religion, laws, education, etc., to hold on to control. For example, in the school system, there is a push to get girls interested in STEM fields since historically girls have been told they aren’t as smart as boys in these subjects and they should concentrate on more womanly oriented professions, such as nursing or teaching. Strides are being made to address this stigma from the past, but there are still exist examples of male-oriented jobs vs. female-oriented jobs today. Historically, the female-oriented jobs have not been as technical, therefore they have not paid as much. It wasn’t uncommon in the early-mid 1900s for women to be sent to college to “find a husband”.

We also see examples of patriarchy in the media. Although the U.S. Marines have accepted females for 150 years, they had a slogan which was made into a commercial in the 1980s-1990s looking for “A few good men”. TV shows and movies frequently depict male characters as being the stronger, smarter, and less emotional sex and that is seen as more logical, powerful, and level-headed, while emotions, feelings, and compassion are seen as weak and unstable and are attributed typically to female characters. All of these examples we see daily subconsciously continue to oppress women and minorities in the U.S. Changes to this “norm” are frequently considered abnormal and are subject to scrutiny and often rejected and fail to be represented equally in the media.

Asumah, S.N., (2015). Race, Immigration Reform, and Heteropatriarchal Masculinity: Reframing the Obama Presidency. Wagadu.13

Martin, M.E. (2015). Advocacy for Social Justice: A Global Perspective. Pearson

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