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“Old-Fashioned” versus Modern Prejudice

One example of old fashioned prejudice was that women were “second class citizens”. Women were always looked upon as being inferior to men. Due to this idea, they were not allowed to vote, or hold positions in office. This gave the notion that women were only capable of doing house chores and taking care of the children. This sexist notion caused much uproar and created marches of women protesting to be acknowledged as first-class citizens equal to their male counterparts and be given the right to vote. It was finally in 1920 that they were finally given the right to vote (National Women’s History Museum, n.d.).

Today, one example of a modern-day prejudice is the unequal pay that women receive in the workforce. The majority of the CEO’s in Fortune 500 companies are male, and there is a current wage gap of 80% between the salaries of men and women (AAUW, 2017). This speaks volumes on the idea that Americans have of the capabilities of women. This shows that women are given fewer opportunities and are not viewed as equal. Though it is not said publicly the numbers and statistics tell a different story. According to Brown, Akiyama, White, Javaratne, and Anderson (2009), typical contemporary prejudice issues involve the prelude that discrimination is no longer a relevant issue. Due to the “equal” opportunities that women are given in the workforce, some might argue that women are being treated equal and they are simply demanding too much for example. I believe that between the old fashioned and the modern type of prejudice the modern type can be more detrimental. The reason why modern prejudice is more detrimental is that it is less obvious and has to do with the beliefs that people have of women. The women not being able to vote was easy to highlight, however, the differences in pay and the view of being less valuable in the workforce is due to the beliefs and views that people have of women. Therefore, even though both can be said to be detrimental I believe the modern one, in this case, is a bit harder to debate.


AAUW. (2017). The simple truth about the gender pay gap. Retrieved from

Brown, T. N., Akiyama, M. K., White, I. K., Jayaratne, T. E., & Anderson, E. S. (2009). Differentiating contemporary racial prejudice from old-fashioned racial prejudice. Race and social problems, 1(2), 97-110. Retrieved from

National Women’s History Museum. (n.d.). Woman suffrage timeline (1840-1920). Retrieved from

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RE: Discussion 1 - Week 5 Response Hi Patrick, I like your perspective on the discussion. You mentioned how the Filipino guy shared how valuable his friendship is even though he may lack material possessions. In development life studies, it is posited that from mid-life most people in western cultures tend to value family and friendships. (Berk, 2104 p.543). It is at that stage I think people begin to focus on what is really important and culture begins to change. Matsumoto, (2001). I think as people mature they may go through life circumstances and experiences through which they acquire the courage to change. One example of this for me is an Indo-Trinidadian co-worker who follows the Hindu faith. Obedience to elders is one of the traits of the Indian culture that is connected to agreeableness. (Sinka & Kumar, 2004). In the Indian Hindu tradition, marriages are arranged and in Trinidad this tradition is still upheld by some. My co-worker defied her parents and family, refused to marry the person who had been selected as her husband and ran away instead. This example reminds me of the admonition by Laureate Education, (2007), not to equate culture with the person. References Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ. Pearson. Matsumoto, D. (Ed.). (2001). The handbook of culture and psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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