Gender Equality between Man and Woman
Gender inequality had always existed. Throughout history, women have encountered intense discrimination—with deficiency of legal rights and diminutive liberation from their husbands, to being assumed of possessing mediocre brains compared to their male counterparts. In many societies and cultures, women have been acknowledged and viewed as having the equivalent status as animals or sometimes, even lower.
It is now the 21st century and many argue that gender equality does exist between man and woman. Gender equality does not copiously exist between man and woman. I believe that man and woman are equal to some degree.
Is there such thing as true equality between man and woman?
While reading the Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the two things that stood out to me was the way men treated women, and their view of women as items. With the two mentioned, I am sure that the Great Gatsby’s response to my question would be that gender equality does not exist between man and woman.
On page 37 of the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald included a scene where Tom Buchanan broke his mistress, Myrtle’s nose.
“Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand. … and women’s voice scolding, and high over the confusion a long broken wail of pain. Mr. McKee awoke from his doze and started in a daze toward the door” (Fitzgerald 37).
This evidence best supports the answer because it shows how degraded women back in the 1920s were. Tom broke Myrtle’s nose, and instead of making a fuss and demanding that Tom apologize or help her, the women present, Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, and Mrs. McKee, instead calmly helped Myrtle. Mr. McKee, however, wakes up and nonchalantly walk off as if breaking your mistress’s nose was part of the daily norms.
Men in the Great Gatsby also view women as items, as seen in page 130 of the Great Gatsby.
“‘I’ve got something to tell you, old sport -’ began Gatsby. But Daisy guessed at his intention.
‘Please don’t!’ She interrupted helplessly. ‘Please let’s all go home. Why don’t we all go home?’
… ‘I want to know what Mr. Gatsby has to tell me.’
‘Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me.’” (Fitzgerald 130).
This conversation illuminates the disrespect the men held for women. Instead of listening to his wife, Daisy, Tom continues to argue with Gatsby, completely disregarding her presence. Gatsby, as well, ignored her and continue to provoke Tom, acting as if she wasn’t in the room.
Women were treated poorly in the Great Gatsby; an example of this would be when Daisy explained to Nick, when she was catching up with him, that she sobbed when she found out that she had a daughter. Daisy then explained to Nick that she was glad she had a daughter, but “[she] hope[s] she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17).
By being a “beautiful fool”, she would be shallow and woman during the 1920s Great Gatsby lived best by being beautiful fools.
An ongoing evident from the Great Gatsby complicates my assumption. I’d believed that the Great Gatsby’s view on women were comparable to items. However, during some scenes in the book, Daisy was able to manipulate and influence the men close to her.
“Finally he got up and informed me, in an uncertain voice that he was going home.
‘Nobody’s coming to tea. It’s too late!’ He looked at his watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time elsewhere. ‘I can’t wait all day.’
‘Don’t be silly; it’s just two minute to four,’” (Fitzgerald 84-85).
Gatsby was unlike his usual charismatic and composed self because he was nervous on meeting Daisy for the first time in years. He paced around and wanted to leave, declaring that Daisy wasn’t going to come and that she was late, when the meeting time haven’t even arrive.
This complicates my assumption in the beginning, because I had thought that Gatsby cared more for Daisy than Tom, and perceive her presence as being more than a mere item.
The Language of Composition also agree that equality does not exist between man and woman.
Le Bon had concluded “… there are large number of women whose brains are closer in size to those of gorillas than to the most developed male brains” (Gould 520), comparing women brains to animals, specifically gorillas, and claiming that males brains are developed.
In addition Le Bon had also expressed his displeasure in response to American reformers granting women higher education, he claims that permitting women the same education as men “is a dangerous chimera” (Gould 520).
In society, today, women are more prone to judgment than men are. Women are more likely to being criticized than men are, an evident would be on page 556 of the Language of Composition.
“’Did what she say accurately describe you?’ ‘Oh, yes,’ he answered. ‘That’s me exactly.’ ‘And what she said about women –did she sound like your wife?’ ‘Oh yes,’ he responded. ‘That’s her exactly.’ ‘Then why do you think she’s male-bashing?’ He answered, with disarming honesty, ‘Because she’s a woman and she’s saying things about men.’” (Mehl 556).
Women have a higher chance of being condemn for their actions, even though sometimes they’re not at fault, because of how men view them as. Women, in most men’s eyes are vulnerable, petite, and they’re incapable of looking after themselves.
However, on page 570, an example contradicted my thoughts, because the quote states that we’re slowly approaching the period where male and female will be truly equal.
“And that means this is turning into a woman’s world, because women are better students than men.” (Theroux 577). Paul Theroux declares that the world is slowly turning into a “woman’s world”, implying that the world was once a man’s, hinting that male used to dominate the world, but now, the women are now taking control.
An outside source that I decided to include is the website Payscale. The website main idea is for an individual to figure out how much they’re worth for the career they’re pursuing. However, they also include the gender pay gap and information on it.
The five factors that contribute to the gender wage gap are the job type, job level, compensable factors, marriage and family and lastly unconscious bias.
In a controlled environment, where women and men share a similar job, women are paid 2.7% less than men, which is approximately 97 cents that women earn on every dollar that men earns.
In an uncontrolled environment, which is when Payscale compares all men to all women, women are paid 25.6% less than men, earning 74 cents per dollars that men earns. Comparing $60,200 per year for the male and $44,800 for women, calculating up to $15,400 gap between men and women each year.
My answer remains the same, I don’t believe that equality truly exist between male and female.
images from payscale.com, gender pay gap