This paper will present an essay on social status on different sexes based on two articles. The first article will be “Marilyn Monroe: The Woman Who Died Too Soon” by Gloria Steinem. The central argument of this article is that women have been controlled by men for decades and have lost their identity. Women need to be independent and forget about sexuality as the only way to identify themselves (Steinem, 1986). The second article will be “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw!” by John McMurtry. The central argument of this article is that society has classified masculinity and aggression as manliness and that man should have these characteristics in order to be respected as a man (McMurtry, 1939).
The central idea of this paper is to bring out the concept of how men have been seen as the symbol of strength and power throughout history and women as a symbol of vulnerability and inferiority. Women have been lost in the shadows of the socially accepted superior gender, and both sexes have been forced to follow the gender norms placed up them. This paper will try to address the issues of gender superiority and inferiority as presented by the two articles. The first article by Gloria Steinem is presenting issues on the female gender while the second article is presenting issues on the male gender. Therefore, this paper will present the two issues in different paragraphs starting with the female gender and then the male gender.
In the “Marilyn Monroe: The Woman Who died Too soon”, women are portrayed as sex objects and victims (Steinem, 1986). This clearly by how women with beautiful faces were treated in this article. Women with beautiful face and good body shape in this article are valued, but those with true inner beauty are neglected. Beautiful women were morally mistreated because their nude photos were used in the calendars and the magazines (Steinem, 1986). Monroe is molded as a sexual symbol and people generally believe that all she has is a pretty face but has no brain. Even the author of the book used to believe this and she realized this was not the case too rate, after the death of Monroe. The inferiority of the female gender as the society referred to is also portrayed in the movies whereby Monroe always played a weak character that was controlled by men whether physically or emotionally. Women are portrayed as inferior by how Monroe lived her real life.
In her life, she was always controlled by men and always followed men and their ideas. She even once confessed on the media that she is just a fantasy meaning her life was full of fantasies, and she was controlled by men always (Steinem, 1986). Men and the society were valuing a woman by her look. This is clearly shown by how Monroe is lonely because no one understood her; they only look at her beautiful face and sexy body and neglected her true self. The society should stop seeing women as sex objects and victims because they are human beings as well and can contribute to the building of our society in many different ways. Women should be made to understand that they do not gain status sexual associations so that they can stop relying on sexual attractiveness. Women should also resist insecurity and ridicule from the society. They should also resist from security on goodwill and recognition from men. If women are treated equal as men then the society more productive people in different fields regardless of their gender.
In the “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘EM Eat ‘Em Raw!” men are portrayed as superior beings who can do mighty things and should not fear anything (McMurtry, 1939). This is clearly portrayed by how the society is classifying men with masculinity and aggression as manly. Only men with muscular body here are respected as real men. The author tries to explain how one was referred to as a man if he could destroy and harm human life. He portrays this when referring to football the game he liked most. The spectators were enjoying football when the team they are supporting hurts someone from the opponent team. If there no injuries in the game, this was referred to as boring game and no one would cheer such a game (McMurtry, 1939). Comparing this article with the first one there is a clear indication that women are supposed to be weak and controlled by men while men should be strong, muscular and have control over their women.
The author is tired of being always in a strong position and always being aggressive whether in real life or in a football game, but the society would not allow him to do slow down, and be weak for even a second because only women could do that. If men do that, they would be knocked down or defeated, just like what would happen in the football game. This clearly shown by how the author is struggling to be at the top after many injuries, he did not care about the harm he was doing provided he could saw the society that he was strong and muscular. The way man is portrayed in this article is that man likes to fight and injure his fellows in order to show his strength and masculinity as the saying goes “if it ain’t hurtin’ it ain’t helpin’” (McMurtry, 1939). The society should stop treating men this way and give them a chance to perform according to their abilities. Muscular bodies and strength should not measure the abilities of a man because there are many activities a man can do which does not require muscular body.
The two articles were analyzing how the society was portraying men and women during those days. The authors of the two articles were trying to urge the society to change their beliefs concerning women and men and give them a chance to prove themselves who they are. The first article was bringing out the view that we should not treat women as the weaker sex rather we should give them a chance to prove themselves. The second article argued that we should not measure man abilities by his strength rather by what he is able to achieve (Stevens, 1979).