The Struggles of Being a Girl

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

Women have been fighting to be treated equally for decades. We can't give up the fight. We have to keep fighting harder to make sure we don't get looked over anymore.

Women have been fighting to be treated equally for decades. We can’t give up the fight. We have to keep fighting harder to make sure we don’t get overlooked anymore.

Women are more than just objects, but in today’s society, often all we are viewed by is our level of attractiveness. Today, it is common to hear men saying, “I like curvy women,” or “I enjoy thick women,” or “I prefer skinny ladies.” Women fail to be acknowledged for their personality and successes.

As a senior in high school, I have never, and by never I seriously mean never ever, heard a male say, “She is very funny and nice, I want to get with her.” However I have heard, “She is so hot, I gotta hook up with that.” How is that possibly considered socially acceptable? Newsflash, “gentlemen,” it isn’t. It may be difficult to realize, but being a woman in today’s society is exceedingly more difficult than what we might allude to. We are constantly judged by the way we dress and the way we present ourselves and it is impossible to please everyone, no matter how much we may desire to.

Women are confined by the inferences men draw from our clothes as well as the school dress code. If a woman’s shorts are too short, they are considered “easy.” And, due to adolescent males not being able to control themselves, schools have to ban women from wearing what we want. Guys assume that what we wear tells them what we are like, as if they understand who we are on the inside based on our clothes on the outside.

The school dress code does not help, and in its own way objectifies women. Women must change our clothes and the way we dress because it can be distracting to male students, but how about we fix the real problem and teach men to have some decency and look away?

Let’s acknowledge the fact that women are still confined to a stereotyped gender role. Society has constructed a mold for what they want us to be and how they want us to behave. We must be educated, but submissive. We must pursue our dreams, as long as they don’t overshadow the dreams of men. This is all absolutely absurd. I thought we moved past that. Women should not be the only ones to clean the entire house and have dinner ready on the table. Why is this is a woman’s responsibility? I fail to see what genetically provides men a “get out of laundry” pass. I say hell with it. I want to have fun and live life to the fullest; I couldn’t care less about the load of laundry in the corner of my bedroom. So, if the man is bothered by not having clean clothes, he can do it himself.

Oh, and why do we always have to cook? Men are more than fully capable of cooking! Put those “muscles” to work and pick up a spatula. Unless you are missing two arms, you are able to make dinner that does not include a bowl of cereal or ramen noodles (not bashing on ramen noodles though because those are delicious). Women are not just housewife material. This isn’t the 1960’s. This is 2014, when we have some of the most advanced technology that without the assistance of women, would not have been created. In 1903 Mary Anderson created the windshield wipers. Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to be able to drive without crashing into telephone polls because of a rain shower. That is just one of many examples of women who stepped out of their boundaries and created something that benefited others.

If we keep imprisoning women to certain roles, this world will go down the drain. And the power of women just doesn’t stop there. In a more recent example, a woman named Leslie Dewan and her company Transatomic Power Corporation are creating a method to use nuclear power waste as electricity. Each nuclear commercial power plant produces about 20 metric tons of high level nuclear waste each year. Due to people not knowing what to do with the waste, all of this waste is just sitting above ground waiting for an answer. Now, this is where Dewan, and her partner Mark Massie come into play. They created something called the Waste-Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor, which will take the nuclear waste and actually make it into energy, in obviously a complicated process that I do not understand at all. However, my point is that women are stronger than what society makes them out to be, mind and body. Without women we wouldn’t have these life-changing creations.

Women have overcome a great deal to stand where we are in today’s world. So, men, next time you judge a woman because of her sex, remember this: if it wasn’t for a wonderful, strong, courageous woman, you wouldn’t even be here.

 

 

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