WOMEN`S PERFORMANCE 5
Menand women are made different due to the anatomy of their sex organs.However, there has been debate on whether the differences in theanatomical structure influence the abilities of either gender inconforming to the needs of the society. There has been a widely heldbelief that men are more superior than women in various aspectsalthough various researchers have stated that the gender similaritiesare more as compared to the gender differences and that the societyhas been treated into thinking that women are inferior than men. Thispaper describes the performance of women against the generalperceptions and the actuality behind women.
Thereis a great difference between the perceptions that the society holdsand the actual abilities in women performance. The perceptions aboutwomen have been created by the various social institutions since timeimmemorial. In spite of the many assumptions about men and women,there is no much difference between the differences between whatpeople think women can do and what they can really do. However, womenhave tried to disambiguate these beliefs that the community has heldover time. Over history, women have proved these perceptions arewrong and have continued to show that their abilities can be likenedto those of men. According to Margaret Matlin (2012), the society hasfor long considered the gender differences other than gendersimilarities. Such assumptions have created a society where men areconsidered superior than the women.
Thereare certain areas in which there is a greater disparity betweenperceived ad actual ability for women. The major reason why there isa disparity in the perceived and actual abilities for men is becausedifferent communities have different social settings, orders andbeliefs about women. The culture and the social setting determinesthe level at which the members of the particular society view theability of women versus the perceptions that they have on the women.For example, African women have been more underrated in what they cando in the society as compared to an American woman. Even though bothsocieties believe that women are less superior to women in theirabilities, both societies differ in the levels at which they perceivewomen (Matlin, 2012).
Religionhas also been cited as a determinant on the level which a societyviews women in terms of their perceptions against their actualabilities. Almost all major religions demean the female gender, butthe level at which women are demeaned differs from one religion tothe other. For example, comparing Muslim and Christian beliefs aboutwomen, it is evident that the Muslims have gone far beyond theChristians on their perceptions about women. For example, womenMuslims in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive cars whereasChristian women are allowed to drive cars. The failure of women todrive cars in Saudi Arabia is not because they cannot drive but dueto the perceptions that are held by their religion towards women,which are different from their actual abilities (Matlin, 2012).
Thegreat disparities between the perceptions that the society holds onwomen and the reality in what they can do has impacted thedevelopment of self concept for a female. Since the culture andsocial order seem to be defining the leverage of the women abilitiesother than their talents and will to attain their dreams. Suchbeliefs have led to many women making decisions that the societyexpects them to, other than their personal convictions. For example,a woman who wants to be a pilot and is afraid of what the societywill think of her will settle to studying for hostess, in order tofit in the social expectations about a woman becoming an air hostess.Such decisions that majority of the women make in order to fit intothe society have affected their lives since they do not live up totheir talents and abilities but to the expectations of the society.Such outcomes have affected the quality of life outcomes since mostof these women remain frustrated for the rest of their lives,affecting the morals and life lessons that they impart to theirchildren (Matlin, 2012).
Insummary, all communities hold different perceptions about what womencan do. These beliefs are based on the widely held perception thatthe male gender is more superior to the female gender and thereforethe high profile responsibilities in the society should be accordedto men. However, the context on which these perceptions on women areapplied differs across communities due to the difference in theirculture and religion. Such perceptions have affected the decisionsthat most women make in regard to their talents and abilities. Womenwho would have become best doctors have resulted to being housewives,which affects their quality of life, the values and moral lessonsthat they impart to their children about the society. However, itshould be noted that there are various notable women who despite theodds have been able to exploit their talents and abilities,influencing other women and their women about what the society thinksof them.
Matlin,M. W. (2012). Thepsychology of women.Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.