This article "Gender Equality Universally Embraced, But Inequalities Acknowledged", consists of information regarding gender inequality. In this article, it mentions how men's lives are often portrayed as "better". "Otherness" can relate to this article because it refers to how women are not treated equally as men and can be considered as the "other gender" or an "other". In most countries, high percentages of the citizens believe that gender equality is not achieved yet. The article states. "...equal rights supporters in most countries say that more changes are needed to ensure that women have the same rights as men". It is shown that women do not have equal rights as men and that men can be seen as the "superior gender". The article also mention, "Many say that men get more opportunities than equally qualified women for jobs that pay well". Studies have proven that women do not have equal opportunities as men. Despite if women have equal capability as men, their gender can act as a barrier and prevent them from many things. This article relates to, To Kill a Mockingbird and "othering" because, gender inequality is shown in the story. In the book, Atticus states, “For one thing, Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she's a woman-” (296). Women were restricted to serve on juries because of their gender. They were not seen capable enough. While this has changed, as the article mentioned, men are still more likely to get certain jobs more than women. Both the article and the book show that, gender equality still has not been fully achieved and there is still many changes to be made.
This article, "How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World" consists of information regarding gender inequality in the present day. It connects to "otherness" because it talks about how a lot of women are not treated fairly in comparison to men. A fact that was in the article was, "Women still make only about 80% of what men earn for full time work". Even though women may work full time and work the same jobs as men, they still do not get paid quite as much. Their gender can restrict them from being treated as fairly as men and stereotypes can cause people to make assumptions about people based on their gender. The article also stated, "Our assumptions about what women and men can and should do have a long way to catch up with the new possibilities created by education, economic innovation, and equal legal rights". While several things are advancing, gender equality is not keeping up with all the improvements. While it has come a long way in improving, there is still areas it could improve upon. This article connects to To Kill a Mockingbird because, Jem often uses Scout's gender against her and influences her that she shouldn't "act like a girl". When Scout refuses to take part in Jem's foolish games and pranks, Jem uses Scout's gender as the reasoning. "...Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things..." (54). Jem compares Scout to stereotypical girls. He manipulates her into thinking that being a girl is not a good thing and uses it against her. While Scout is not like most girls, she still wants to be her own self and not defined by her gender. While gender equality has improved, there is still more improvements to be made.
This poem explains how men and women are perceived differently in society. The poem relates to "otherness" because it explains that both genders are perceived differently and each can be considered an "other". The poem states, "No matter man or woman, we are born into roles". It shows that there are stereotypes of what woman and men should be. Referring to the male gender the poem states, "I do have feelings, but they cannot be expressed for society tells me I will be seen otherwise". Society has created expectations or standards that each gender should have. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is told several times what she has to do to be a "proper" lady. When Scout says she wants to be a lady when she is older she is told, "Well you won't get very far unless you start wearing dresses more often" (308). Scout does not wear dresses often, but rather overalls, which many people judge her for in the story. She is under the influence that to be a "proper" lady, she must wear dresses and always have proper manners. She is often "othered" in society because of this. She does not want to have to conform with society's expectations, but it is very difficult for her not to. Gender stereotypes still exist and are very difficult to overcome. othered
This image connects to "otherness" because it shows that men and women are not equal. The inequality symbol in the middle of the photo has a strong impact on the image's meaning. It shows that men and women are not equal or equally capable of certain things. This image shows that both genders are different and therefore there is an existing "other". This concept is also seen in To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout is constantly told from Jem to not "act like a girl". She is told what a "proper lady" is, what they wear, how they should act, and what they can and cannot do. This prohibits Scout from being the girl she is. She wants to not be defined by her gender and not be told what to do.