Subject: Women\’s and gender studies

Your question for this essay is: People tend to generalize when considering blocks of people such as women. Rather than consider individuals, particular causes, and cultural differences, they find it easier and, in their minds, accurate enough to adopt a broad view.

Last week, you read about women in a broad sense. This week, one focus of your readings was on generalized ideas about women. The other concerned women from an entirely different part of the world and a very different culture. Did the American people tend to generalize about one or both of these groups and, if so, how? Do you think these ideas were based on oversimplification or prejudice? Explain in the format of an historical essay.

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