Gender equality has been an issue in today’s society for quite awhile now. The question ringing in everyone’s ear, “Why does gender matter when it comes to equality?”
Gender is supposedly a matter when it comes to equality because for as long as anyone could remember, males had always seemed to be the superior one of the two. They were seen as the wisest, strongest, and overall superior.
Bringing it back to the 1920’s, The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has many different examples about how men were superior to women back in the day.
If anyone has read or seen the movie, The Great Gatsby, the plot line is basically Gatsby, one of the richest men in the world, is trying to win back his lost-lover from when they were young. However, Daisy, the lost-lover, is already married-but that doesn’t exactly stop her from falling heads-over-heels for Gatsby again.
Although it may seem from my little summary that Daisy seems to have the upper hand on Gatsby, it’s quite the opposite.
In the story, Daisy is to choose between Gatsby or her husband, Tom. She has a decision that would end in heartache for both parties. While she is making the decision on whether who to choose, she looks at her daughter and wishes that she doesn’t have the same fate as her.
“And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'” (1.116-118)
This shows how invaluable women must have been in the 1920’s if Daisy wants her child to grow up to be a beautiful little fool, instead of a beautiful smart and independent girl. Back in the 1920’s, women were merely and object for men’s pleasure.
They were there to cook and clean, take care of the children, and also tend to every men’s need. And because of this, the generation has left a mark on which women are seen as just house-wives.
There is another scene in the story, where Tom is almost caught with his mistress during a party. Because of his reaction to Mrs. Wilson, the mistress, it’s why men seem to have the upper hand towards women.
“Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson. “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai–“Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.”
This shows how men are the superior one of the two, Tom using his fists whereas Mrs. Wilson only uses her words.
In the Language of Composition, there is a section in the book all about gender. However, there is this one poem in the book that caught me off guard. The title being “Barbie Doll” to describe the way women were looked as.
The essay mentioning that no matter how smart the individual girl was she was never seen as anything but just another pretty girl. Because women back then, couldn’t have been looked as smarter as a man-it would’ve looked bad on the man’s ego. And being as it was in the 1900’s when this was written, it wasn’t very acceptable to be superior to men.
However, in today’s age gender equality is mostly already here. Although there are always some issues on gender being that it is a controversial topic. What people mostly don’t know about gender it that gender equality does not mean that men and women become the same; only that access to opportunities and life changes is neither dependent on, nor constrain.
We have grown up in a society where everyone assumed that men were superior to women, which makes it seem as though gender does make a difference in equality. The roles that men and women play and the expectations placed upon them, vary widely among societies and change over time.
Because of the time change from the 1900’s to now, we are able to have an equality between men and women-where we can have the same jobs, education, and many, many other qualities.
So why does gender matter in equality?
It mattered because it was how most of us were taught.
But does it matter now?
No, not really.
Equality is something that is based on us to make happen.