Racism, Sexism, How Many Other 'Isms' Are There?
Racism is defined as the belief that different racial groups are have different characteristics and abilities and that some groups are naturally superior to others. In history racism has been a major part of the political and ideological underpinning of genocides, such as the holocaust. It was also a driving force behind the slave trade, as well as the racial problems the United States is having today.
However, racism is not the only problem that exists in the world today. The idea that ' We are better then them' has been on the earth for longer then we know and racism is not alone.
This hub is going to focus on Sexism. Sexism is defined as ' A devaluation towards women, and sexism causes problems for women'. This is an understatement in terms of a definition, because women have been have serious problems for as long as history has been written.
There is more violence against women then there is against men. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered my an intimate partner. That is about 3 women per day, killed by someone who loved them. Or someone who said they loved them. However, women are experiencing much more harm then just being killed. Women are also experiencing dehumanization.
Most of the women in advertisements are thin, beautiful, and dressed sexually revealing. Women can be shown lying down, reclining in a chair and many other things.
Then there is a problem of pornography. The problem of pornography in the United States is generating about 14 billion dollars per year, and that is due to the legal pornography. Women have also been told, that their body is the most important thing they have.
So women have been spending money for breast implants, liposuction, and many other surgeries to make themselves beautiful. There are also a large number of beauty pageants in the United States, not on Miss America, Miss U.S. A, but also Prom Time, and even Toddlers in Tiaras. There is an actual beauty contest in China called Miss Plastic Surgery, which started in 2004. This contest is open to women from all nations, but only if they have had plastic surgery.
Not only do women have plastic surgery, they have health problems which include Anorexia, as well as bulimia, both of which can be long term illnesses. When women have Anorexia the basically starve themselves today. No matter how much weight they lose, they still think they are 'too fat'. Karen Carpenter , the leader singer of The Carpenter's s a famous musical group died of Anorexia, at the age of 32
Another problem against women is prostitution. Prostitution, pornography and sex trafficking aren't separable in the real world. There are young women from other countries who are promised jobs in the United States, but when the arrive they are forced into prostitution. They are held hostage and are beaten, starved and forced into submission. When they are finally afraid to do anything but obey their 'Master', then they become prostitutes. Sometimes prostitutes are young girls who have run away from homes where they have been abused, some are women who are addicted to drugs and are not receiving any help except from the man, or pimp who had promised to help them. Once this man starts to 'help' her, he starts to abuse her. The abuse is so severe the prostitute would rather sell her body then receive the abuse for not selling her body.
There are many other problems women are facing in the world to day, this hub has only focused on a few. There are also many other problems millions of people face just because of the color of the skin, the place where they were born, their sexual orientation. I am just wondering, how many more 'isms' are there in the world today and why?
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