Societal oppression

Chezney DaSilva-Gomes

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Society has always been our biggest enemy. You’re too girly. Boys shouldn’t show their emotions. When will it end? They say norms will provide us the expected idea of how to behave, the function to provide order and predictability to our society. But will it really?


Gender only pertains to two categories.

You can only be straight.

Being skinny means you’re perfect.

I have to be in a relationship to be happy.

Men are more superior than women.

Makeup will make me beautiful.

The list goes on.

Do I fit the norm?


Women are told to be supermodel thin, with a slim waist, and curves.

Men have to be at least six feet tall, with broad shoulders, and a six pack.

A man and woman should be wed.

In order to be considered beautiful I have to have perfect skin.

Children, adolescents and teens are told they can’t have an opinion.

I have to have a 9-5 job in order to be successful.


Society has set standards that they’ve wanted us to meet for as long as time. It signifies the expectations of how beauty is defined by manipulating beliefs of people to recognize that our body shapes, skin color, race, ethnicity, or features are what makes a person distinguish their beauty instead of who a person really is in reality. These social norms are unwritten rules that society has used to put us into more categories over time. These beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are considered acceptable in a particular social group or culture have shaped how we view certain aspects of societal issues as well as societal standards.


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