What is Fairness?

Society must work toward universal fairness.  In my opinion, this is the only way we, as humans, can create the most peaceful and moral civilization.  In order to achieve universal fairness, we must treat everyone within a subject/subject relationship, rather than a subject/object relationship that Beauvoir discusses in The Second Sex.  There are various characteristics that assist the subject/other relationship to flourish in society.  Beauvoir hints at the logic of domination when she writes, “They propose to stabilize her as object and to doom her to immanence since her transcendence is to be overshadowed and forever transcended by another ego which is essential and sovereign” (page 39).  Humans are taught to behave within this hierarchical and dominating society, where men are the subjects and women are imprisoned into the category of the “other”.  This unfair system must be challenged in order to break down the barriers that create this exclusion to women.  I think we have made process, as a society, since the 1950’s in regard to the fair treatment of women.  I came across this article (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-10-19-male-college-cover_x.htm), which demonstrates the dramatic shift in the number of males verse females on college campuses.  The increasing number of female college students is one example of how society has changed to allow the fair treatment of women in regards to education; however, the article states that there are still unfair advantages for men, such as the salary gap.  Just by listening to my grandma’s stories about her childhood, I can compare those stories with my experiences and reflect upon how society has changed over time.  Even though major steps have been made to level the playing field between men and women, there are many more obstacles to be overcome.

Simone de Beauvoir, “Introduction” to The Second Sex (1949)

Marklein, Mary Beth. “College Gender Gap Widens: 57% Are Women.” USA Today.

Gannett, 19 Oct. 2005. Web. 14 Sept. 2012.



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