‘Status’ is a term used in sociology to
describe a position in society. Individuals occupy multiple statuses
simultaneously, such as occupational, kinship, and educational statutes.
Kinship, occupation and age are all examples of a status that individuals fill.
status’ is a type of status that has a profound effect on one’s life, that
dominates or overwhelms the other statutes one occupies. The five master
statuses according to “The Meaning of Difference,” is, race, sex, social
status, sexuality and disability. This type of status help shape how an
individual is viewed by other as well as how they view themselves.
Meaning of Difference” book defines ‘Intersectionality’ as a consideration of
the ways that master statutes interact and mutually construct one another. When
an individual’s identity overlaps, it causes them to face many forms of
From a young age, individuals are embedded
with the idea of how women and men are supposed to look and act. There are a
set of norms associated with males and females that society expects the individual
to follow. As women, we are expected to be submissive, portraying ourselves as the
caregiver of the family. There are certain professions that society expect females
to be in- jobs that involve them to be caring and comforting. Often, a nurse or
a teacher is labeled as a job for women. Men are portrayed as being masculine,
tall, dark and handsome. Men are seen as the dominant gender, being
independent, strong and brave. Men are expected to be in jobs that require
physical, high-paying jobs like a lawyer or a doctor. This master status has
impacted my life growing up because from a very young age I felt pressured into
finding a “women job.” I always felt like it would be harder for me to thrive
in what is considered a male-dominant job. If I were to enter a job mostly done
by men, society would look at me like I’m crazy.
Another disadvantage of being a female in
the workplace is that most women experience a lower level of pay. As I enter my
career, I will experience unfairness such as being denied certain work
opportunities (rejection of raises and leadership positions).
I have also struggled
with being a biracial individual. My father was born and raised in the Middle
Eastern country of Lebanon while my mother was born in the States. Many people
have a hard time believing that I am part Lebanese because my outward appearance
says otherwise. I believe that society assigns you to the race that you look
more alike. Because I don’t have the “dark skin” or “dark hair” most people
consider me as white. This makes me feel that people don’t accept or appreciate
the other side of me. They are only seeing the side that they want to see.
Although being biracial
has its disadvantages, it was also very beneficial growing up into adulthood. Being
biracial has influenced my work, religion,
food, and social standards. Having family living on the other side of the world
gave me the opportunity to travel and experience their culture first hand. It gave me the chance
to see differences between the two cultures and become more open-minded to
I think being biracial can bring a lot of positives to the
workforce. It creates diversity among individuals and I feel we learn to appreciate
individuals and where they come from. Every culture has a different way of
thinking and perspectives that can increase creativity within the workplace.
Every individual has been impacted by master statuses bot negatively
and positively in some point in their life. It is important for society to
consider individuals differences and to understand how people’s lives are affected
by these differences.