Reflections 2: Culture and Society Due 3/24

Reflection 2: Culture and Society

What are some of your culture shock experiences in cultural variation as part of a dominant culture or subculture?

Some culture shock experiences I have faced in society is this idea of soup not being slurped while eating on the table. In my culture slurping soup is not acceptable; it shows that you have no etiquette. You and your parents will get judged for them not showing you how to be polite at the table. While you eat you should not make any sounds and finish all your food because it shows table manners. In Asia slurping soup is considered a compliment and it’s encouraged from a very young age to slurp soup. It’s acceptable in Asia to slurp and you will usually hear sounds coming from people’s mouths while eating when you enter an Asian restaurant because those are the social norms for them.

What are some norms present in society that you find it very hard to get accustomed to or one which is expected to play a role in, but wishes would change? Why or why not?

A social norm that we face in present-day society is women are being judged for their appearance by the choices they make for their clothing. Women are being judged on a daily basis for their appearance. A woman is not allowed to dress “sexy” in society because it’s considered an invitation for men or women to come in and harass them in any form. This should not be the case women should have the liberty to dress however they want to and not be judged for. For example, let’s say a woman just went through a journey on losing weight. She wants to feel empowered and confident for the body transformation she just worked hard for. She deserves to see herself in new clothes that will perfectly fit her body type. This social norm should change in society and not only does it apply to women they are men who get judged for dressing like a woman or not “manly enough”. Today in society we have seen some create change with this issue. There’s a movement called the Me-Too Movement in which they go against sexual harassment and sexual assault of a woman.