Essay on Gender Discrimination Is A Major Contemporary Social Problem

811 Words Dec 8th, 2014 4 Pages
I come from a male dominant society in Nepal, where gender inequality is one of the obstructing factors for further development. I have been a witness to how men and women are discriminated by society, and how parents are biased against daughters. They send their sons to school to attain education whereas they compel their daughters to perform household chores or assign them as servants in other’s houses. In “Ways of Seeing,” John Berger states, “The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.” Our knowledge and belief in something affects our vision. My experience of patriarchal society informs my vision of issues of gender discrimination now. I cannot express how I actually feel, but the bias that the public has towards the female gender at once interests and disturbs me a lot. Even though there are steps being taken to abolish gender imbalance, gender discrimination is a major contemporary social problem in the world, especially in the underdeveloped nations.
In countries like India and Nepal certain practices clearly show to what extent are men regarded as superior. One of the practices is the dowry system, where the bride’s family is compelled to make payment in cash or some kind of gifts to a bridegroom’s family along with the bride. Whereas, the husband 's family is not required to perform this kind of practice. Similar practices that reflect the biases towards opposite gender are prevalent even in developing countries like China.
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