Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I am a Woman!

The topic for the 18th day of my 30 day writing challenge is: Describe your gender group. On the 8th day I did a post on my demographic group so I am going to done on my gender group and I am excited. Unlike with black Americans I have not classes that have been focused on women alone.
I should start by saying I am a feminist and if that is really killing marriage then it needs to go. Women are not a minority, we are not second class, we are not here to be at the beacon call of men, and the raising of children should be the biggest responsibility of the human race not the women in the human race. Men, women, and every gender in-between we are equally human and should be treated as so.

Describe your gender group.
I can’t describe my gender group. I feel that any description given is not only putting women into a category, it is also saying who women cannot be. Men and women alike can be and do whatever they put their mind to so I will simply say women are human.

Are there stereotypes that go along with who you are?
There are a lot of stereotypes that go along with being a women and not just from men, but also from the women.

We are loving
We are emotional
We are the minority
We are do not have purpose if we do not have children
We all want children
We all want to get married
We are not as good at math, science, law, or medicine
We are more capable of rising children
We just are fragile
We do not have equal pay because of something we did
“Women jobs” or not as important as “men jobs”
Women are too emotional to be in positions of power (CEO, president, congress)
It is the women’s job to maintain the house and children
Rising children is not a job
Feminism is killing marriage

Stereotypes women place on one another
Stay at home mothers are better than mothers who work
Mothers who do not breastfeed do not care about their children
Women’s place is in the home

What are the storylines associated with being a part of this group?
I still do not understand this question, but I think it means what history women have.

Women’s history:
Civil Rights Movement
Women win the right to vote
Women win the fight for child labor laws
Speakers, singers, poets
Queens (and rulers in many countries)
Hold high positions in government

Describe the stereotypes of your group that you confirm.
I am a loving, caring person, and I am not good at math.

Describe the stereotypes of your group that you subvert.
I disagree with every single one of the stereotypes. I am not more capable of being a good person then a man I am also not made any better for raising children. Women raise children because men have not had to. Women work in fields with children and caring for others because society has taught us to do so, and I am not saying this is a bad thing we should care. However, it is a human responsibility to make this world better, not women’s job to do so.

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.” Coco Chanel

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

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