Systems of oppression such as racism, heterosexism, and sexism unfortunately constitute a large part of society today. These have existed for a long time beside other evils that are less common in the contemporary world, for example colonialism and nativism. It is an agreed upon fact that all these forms of subjugation are, in fact, frowned upon, no matter who the victim is. However, it is also true to say that when it comes to these forms of oppression, different genders experience them in different ways. Civilization has always been finding a way to provide for double standards among men and women. This is how matters stand: one of the genders experiences unfair treatment purely because they are of that particular gender, especially biased against women. It is due to these facts that this essay sets out to examine, just where gender meets oppression in daily life.
Women for a long time, and in almost all the societies, had to endure the treatment that was quite different from their male counterparts. For example, as in the days following the civil war, people of the black race had to suffer the maltreatment in general. It was however, worse for the black women who were regular victims of terroristic rape in order for those, who were proslavery to assert their dominance over the black race (Clinton and Silber 146).
In contemporary times, oppressive forms such as sexism tend to target women. At the work place, for example, it is still, unfortunately, a common occurrence for women to be underestimated and passed up for leadership positions. Even though there has been a tremendous increase in the number of employed women today, stereotypes still dictate, what jobs women can hold. Managerial positions are entrusted to men, while women continue to hold jobs that are not as prestigious or well paying (Cliffsnotes). It is also not surprising to find that women get a pay lower than male counterparts do for equally demanding jobs. This is the regrettable norm of society to date.
The divisions in the treatment of men and women come out clearly in literature. Oppressive tendencies, that have women as their main and most wounded victims, have to end. The rise of feminism seeks to address issues of this nature as they arise. As Hooks (4) points out, in the end, feminism is not about according more rights to women, rather, it seeks to free women from the notion of a patriarchal society and sexism. This is the way to go for a society, working towards changing the face of the interface between gender and oppressive forms.