I love being a female I would not trade it for anything in the world. Living in Canada I have a lot of opportunities open to me as a woman and my life is not in any form of danger or risk due to my sex and gender. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some girls around the world. In many other patriarchal societies around the world, females’ lives are in constant danger and their voices are being ignored. Furthermore, gender roles are being imposed on women, taking away their freedom to be whoever they want to be.
Girls are socialized to perform “feminine roles” such as cooking, cleaning, and many household jobs. Girls are told they must act a certain way and dress a certain way or else they are seen as being too masculine or a “tomboy”. Girls are seen as fragile and incapable of being on their own and are in need of protection. Fortunately, there are some women that challenge this ideology and have careers and live their life the way they would like. In the video, “Life as a woman in India’s capital” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwtMaQufHmU), two girls in India have jobs that are rare for females to have in India, one is a cab driver for women, and another is a traffic cop. These two women have decided that they are not going to allow their male dominating society to hold them back from gaining independence and autonomy over their own lives. They were able to fight society’s norms and enter the work force and show other women that they too can become agents of their own life and can contribute to society and work just as hard as their male counterparts.
After watching “India: the most dangerous country in the world to be a girl” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ_xpyCpEsc) I realized that not many girls around the world are not as fortunate as I am to live in such a free country where I am not restricted because I am a female. As feminist would argue that favouritism of males are shown in countries like China and India where populations are high one child policies are enforced to regulate population. In India male children are valued more than female children as it is the duty of the male child to stay with his family, even once he is married and take care of his parents. Females on the other hand are sent off to be with their husband’s family and in some cases must give money or gold to their in-laws as a dowry. For this reason parents prefer to have a son, because they gain more through their income and having them around to help then having a daughter who once she is wed, lives with her husband’s family. Since families are encouraged to have one child and male children are preferred, many parents leave their daughters on the street or send them to orphanages in hopes that they will be adopted, some are even left to die.
This has led to an unequal ratio between boys and girls are 1000 boys to every 900 girls according to the CNN video mentioned above. Conflict theorist can see this as an issue later in life when people are seeking to find partners (assuming heterosexual relations) that there will not be enough females for males to marry. It also affects repopulation because if all the females die, having children becomes difficult as there will not be enough females to marry and become pregnant. This can also lead to different family forms as the decrease in females may lead to polygamy, sharing of wives or women to continue reproduction. It can create further issues of rape and abuse to the women who remain due to the shortage of women putting them at further risk.
I wish that there was equality all over the world for everyone and that discrimination and favouritism would not influence the way in which people live their lives. Sadly, this is not the case and many women suffer and are fighting for their lives due to the favouritism of males. There are some organizations like “Because I am a Girl”( http://becauseiamagirl.ca/ ) that help promote equality for young girls around the world, to help them get food, get and education and to promote protection. I hope that after reading this, you will help to take a stand support organizations like “Because I am a Girl” and help to promote equality and safety for women across the world.
Because I am a Girl: http://becauseiamagirl.ca/
India: the Most Dangerous Country in the World to be a Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ_xpyCpEsc
Life as a Woman in India’s capital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwtMaQufHmU