CourseReflection: Gender and Equality Issues
CourseReflection: Gender and Equality Issues
Feminismhas received a lot of emphasis in recent years. More than everbefore, efforts to bring women issues to the fore have been initiatedand awareness campaigns are consistently being organized to ensurethat modern society understands the role of women in public affairs.Unlike in the past, the contemporary people understand many of theissues related to gender equality and the rights of both men andwomen, as they live together. In this context, this paper will detailthe lessons regarding the various ways that cultural perspectivesinfluence the views of people on the gender topic, as learned in thiscourse. As such, I will explain my reflection on the topic and myexperience with people who hold differing views on race, ethnicity,class, region, nation, age, sexual orientation or physical ability.
Shapinghow I Consider Cultural Expectations and Rules
Thecourse has helped me understand the various cultural perspectivesthat have hindered equality between men and women for many years.Apparently, most cultures view women as the inferior gender, anaspect that derails the quest to attain equality between males andfemales. Most cultures have set specific roles for both genders,which is also an aspect that inhibits the success of the effortsdirected at addressing the current gender inequality in many culturesand societies (Simon & Abdel-Moneim, 2012). Through the course, Ihave learned that the various cultures have various expectationsgoverning the way men and women lead their lives.
Theperspective I developed in this course is that there is a need toadopt a progressive strategy that will educate the public on theimportance of eliminating such conservative rules and expectationsfor the two genders. I learned that women and men are expected tolead their lives within the culturally developed rules and beliefs.Those who fail to adhere to these rules and beliefs are in most casesdisadvantaged and discriminated thus, the persistence of thegender-based issues in most societies. The course helped meunderstand the challenges that have derailed such efforts and itenhanced my ability to develop case-specific frameworks that can helpdevelop effective policies to address gender-based issues in themodern cultures of the globe.
Connectionsbetween My Own Gendered Experiences and those of Others
Frommy experience, men and women indeed have inherent roles to play inthe society. Although these roles are intended to bring the best outof the two genders, it is apparent that they influence prejudice attimes. Clearly, race, ethnicity, class, region, nation, age, sexualorientation and physical ability, all influence the way men and womenbehave and the way they are treated by others in their communities.Apparently, people possess different biological systems that definetheir differences. The biological make-up of the females makes them aweaker gender physically, but it is wrong to perceive that that theycan be mistreated or prejudiced due to that fact.
Theprogram has helped me understand that men and women are born equaland their equality should always be respected. The modern societyclusters people into various groups following their race, economicclass, nation and several other parameters that define social order.In each of these classification parameters, they serve differentroles. However, the course has helped me understand that regardlessof their classification, people should have their rights respected(Swirsky & Angelone, 2015). They should be treated with equalityand they should never be prejudiced or discriminated against, ifmodern societies are to boast of being civilized as it has beenproclaimed widely.
Effectsof the Course on My Sense of Ethics, Social Responsibility, andValues
Thecourse also helped me understand and develop ethics, values andsocial responsibility as regards to gender equality, and womenissues. Through the program, I have learned that I have to developthe aforementioned perspectives on a local, national and globalscale. On the local scale, the course has helped me develop auniversal ethical approach that considers all people equal regardlessof the gender, age, race, nationality or any other parameter thatcould be used to differentiate people (Simon & Abdel-Moneim,2012). I developed a universal ethical principle, which I will applyin distinct scales when dealing with gender issues, and equality ofpeople.
Myethical principle holds that all people are born equal and theirequality must be reflected in their universal human rights andfreedoms. I also developed universal values that I will applylocally, nationally and globally. My values hold that every personshould have their rights and freedoms respected, understood andprotected from all forms of prejudice. Additionally, I hold thatpeople should be honest and disciplined in the quest to build acivilized society that understands the rights of all people and thespecial rights of women given their unique and natural human needs(Swirsky & Angelone, 2015). Besides, I also developed a universalsocial responsibility, which I will be applying at various contexts.
Effectively,I have a social responsibility to protect and promote the rights ofall people. It is also my responsibility to ensure that women’srights are guaranteed. I will always support equality campaigns toensure that the modern society remains civilized, moral andresponsible in the way people live and relate. Therefore, this paperhas adequately explains my reflection and experience with individualsholding diverse standpoints of race, religion, age, and sexualorientation, to mention just a few.
Simon,R. & Abdel-Moneim, M. (2012). Does gender matter?. Gender Issues,27(3-4), 95-109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12147-010-9094-8
Swirsky,J. & Angelone, D. (2015). Equality, empowerment, and choice: whatdoes feminism mean to contemporary women?. Journal of Gender Studies,25(4), 445-460. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2015.1008429