In the world we live in today there are so many people and we tend to categorize them

By February 25, 2019 Cultural

In the world we live in today there are so many people and we tend to categorize them. We categorize them based on skin color, their speech, what they wear, and their ethnic background. Some of these people are seen as inferior for just being who they are. Stereotypes also help influence the way we see each other. Factors such as language, gender, and culture relate to power and in our society men are seen more powerful than women.
Women in our society on how they speak are seen as weak. The way a woman speaks also reflects the view of women’s behavior. In the article, “His Politeness Is Her Powerlessness,” by Deborah Tannen, Tannen states, “If a linguistic strategy is used by woman, it is seen as powerless; if done by a man, it is seen as powerful.”(Deborah, 120) This shows that we have set certain norms and expectations within our society. These norms favor men over women vividly showing men are seen as more powerful in our society.
I don’t think women in our generation largely follow these cultural expectations as much as before. I believe such expectations are changing in our society which is excellent. Woman shouldn’t feel less powerful than a man because we are all born with the same rights. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”(US 1776) When it says men it shouldn’t be interpreted as just men, men means all humans, therefore, both women and men are created equal.
An expectation regarding gender is that women are weaker and have a lower status. In fact in the article, “His Politeness Is Her Powerlessness,” by Deborah Tannen, Tannen’s main claim was, “Granted, women have lower status than men in our society.”(Tannen, 120) In the same article, she gives an example of a conversation that is seen as a negative quality in women. “A man might ask a woman, ‘Will you please go to the store?’ where a woman might say, ‘Gee, I really need a few things from the store, but I’m so tired.'”(Tannen, 120) When a male is indirect it as seen as polite, but when a woman is direct it as seen as rude, which in the men’s perspective it shows her powerlessness.
I think it is possible to say that there’s a “right way” to speak. This right way to speak largely depends on both the individual and say a society. For example say an individual grows in a society hating a certain race. That individual will learn the same hateful principles brought upon by saying the family or even the school. Those same hateful principles will then spread society causing a “right way” to speak.
I know this to be true due to events in history. Not to long ago a saw a video on instagram where a male was showing hatred towards Spanish-speaking restaurant workers. In the article, “Angry racist booted from eatery: ‘I pay for their welfare!'” by Aaron Feis the man said,­”Every person I listen to — he spoke Spanish, he spoke it, she’s speaking it — it’s America!”(Feis, 2) and “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here — the least they can do is speak English.”(Feis, 6) I don’t know what made him be the way he is, but my guess it has something to do with how his ideals were shaped when he was younger. For this man the “right way” to speak is with English only.


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