Gender and Age "Sick Societies"

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Since before anyone can remember, women have strived to better themselves in order to win the attention of man. Whether the change was simple or difficult, painful or worriless, to them it was always necessary. This action can be seen as a battle of the sexes; men judge by appearances making women believe they are not worth anything unless they prove they will change for a man, while the men of the world rank themselves the superior.

Gender comes to play along with a number of different aspects such as; sex, gender and gender roles. Each of these aspects plays a specific part when speaking of different social problems encountered by men and women. Sex makes up the biological differences; of male and female. Gender is the socially learned behaviors that are attached to the sexes, which create “Gender Roles”.

In control of society, males have set standards of beauty and loyalty that women have had to meet in order to achieve social status.

Painful changes exhibited by women exist all around the world. Women and men tattoo their entire bodies, cover themselves with scars voluntarily, and mutilate their genitals and even their teeth in many different ways. Although these painful practices are meager, they are still included to strive for ultimate beauty.

Next to those painful practices, there are many more practices that are much more extreme. The Chinese practice of binding the feet of women is one of the most extreme pains known. In this practice, young women (some still in infancy) suffered the excruciating pain due to their feet being bandaged so tightly that normal growth could not occur. So tight, in fact, that their toes folded under the foot causing bones to often break. Not only did this practice exhibit pain during the binding...