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“It’s A Man’s Man’s World”

December 10, 2010

As I was listening to my ipod the other day on shuffle, the song “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” started playing. Originally recorded by James Brown, my version was actually the version from the show Glee. Yes, Glee, everyone’s favorite show, mine especially. But, the point is that during this particular episode of Glee, Quinn Fabray, played by Dianna Argon, is signing this song because of the treatment she has received because of her teenage pregnancy. The reason why these specific students are in Glee club is because they feel they can express how they feel in song. Quinn expresses the oppression she has been feeling during the school year and wants to make it known to her peers how she feels about it.

If we analyze the lyrics of the song, we find that they state why women are so important to society, yet they are treated unequally compared to men…

This is a man’s world, this is a man’s world

But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl

You see, man made the cars to take us over the road

Man made the trains to carry heavy loads

Man made electric light to take us out of the dark

Man made the boat for the water, like Noah made the ark

This is a man’s, a man’s, a man’s world

But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl

Man thinks about a little baby girls and a baby boys

Man makes then happy ’cause man makes them toys

And after man has made everything, everything he can

You know that man makes money to buy from other man

This is a man’s world

But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl

He’s lost in the wilderness

He’s lost in bitterness


As presented in Mill’s Subjection of Women, women were thought as mothers and wives, mere women in the kitchen. In the Twenty-First century, women have changed and are able to take a step outside of the kitchen without being continuously oppressed, but there is still the lingering tradition of motherhood. But, in order to be a mother, a woman must be married to a man. This definition stands popular in society, so when a teenager becomes burdened with an unplanned pregnancy, the oppression begins again. With all the talk of equality of the two genders, in the United States, specifically, inequality is found when focusing on roles that each gender plays.

Everyone knows the clique “it takes two to tango,” so why is the teenage girl oppressed and not the teenage boy? It stands as an unwanted situation, so as a country we must understand why teenagers chose to disregard taking precautions against something along these lines happening. Abortion is a standing controversy in politics. I’m not saying I’m for abortion, I completely hate the idea, but we’re not doing enough to prevent it. TV shows, such as Glee and movies chose to elaborate on the type of situation, but we seem to disregard it as a just something we watch for entertainment. The oppression of women in that deal with these circumstances proves how unequal men and women truly are because when a girl has to tell deal with being pregnant alone because the boyfriend denies the fact and the parents are ashamed, what more do we expect from our women when we pay little attention to them and only punish them with silence. Mill spoke of historical views of women and Marx spoke that women were used for production. Both expressed views indicating a futuristic idea of equality of genders. Yes, man has created many parts of the world, “but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.”

2 Comments
  1. rickover09 permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:43 PM

    I want to start out by saying that I don’t believe women are totally at fault for their oppression directly but in a sense do believe that they do contribute to the way they are treated and viewed. I was reading an article for my Sociology of Sexualities class and in this particular article the author discussed how middle school girls (not that I believe the age is acceptable by any means to be engaging in sexual acts ANYWAY) were looked at as sluts if they engaged in sexual intercourse or MIGHT engage in sexual intercourse (by the way they carried themselves, dressed, or spoke). By not allowing for these girls to embrace and accept that they too have desires to fulfill, not just sex itself but kissing and exploring their sexuality as a whole, as we are so accepting of boys we are limiting and causing for stigmas to be placed on those girls that do engage in sexual behavior. These girls compare and limit themselves as to what they can and cannot do, what is right and what is wrong, based on what the other girls are doing, which I think is directly relevant and translates into how women themselves act as adults. By comparing ones actions to that of another woman’s actions women are limiting THEMSELVES. This treatment originating among women is then more so reinforced by males.

  2. jpriest04 permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:58 PM

    Reading your blog, I agree with a lot of your points. Women and men should be treated as equals, and that includes in the school environment. When teenage girls get pregnant, they are often treated differently; people treat them like they are delinquents with a habit of “sleeping around.” Pregnancy seems to give teenage girls a bad reputation, however, most of the boys who get these girls pregnant are often not treated with the same disrespect. It seems that just because the girls have to carry the proof under their shirts, they are the only ones that are to blame for the sexual events that made their midsections resemble inflated balloons in the first place; the men often end up with a few stares and some snickering behind their backs, but these consequences are not nearly comparable to those the girls have to face. While the girls are often treated with more disrespect than the boys, it is important to realize that the boys are just as to blame as the girls they impregnated. After all, as they say, “It takes two to tango.”

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