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Views on Power Relationships in Politics The article by Williams titled The Emperors New Clothes and the article by Flax titled Women Do Theory complement each other in a number of aspects Both women are essentially saying that society today still views people as categories instead of a homogenous society People are male or female black or white and rich or poor instead of just human beings Williamss views on power relationships are broader than Flaxs but still share a similar pretext Williams sees power relationships as occurring in a variety of situations whereas Flax discusses only the gender differences Williams sees power relationships as existing between teachers and students parents and children authority figures and citizens and finally between the haves and have-nots Williams initially discusses how the teachers at her sons school misused their position of power when they taught the children that color doesnt matter She says the very reason that the teachers had felt it necessary to impart this lesson in the first place was that it did matter and in predictably cruel ways She is upset that the teachers waited for a situation to arise in which racial tension was apparent before they confronted the issue She also feels as if racial divisions are stepped around by saying it makes no difference and rarely tackled head on She concludes The dismisiveness however unintentional leaves those in my sons position pulled between the clarity of their own experience and the often alienating terms in which they must seek social acceptance Her point here is clearly that people in power positions cant tell individuals that certain things dont matter when these individuals have seen for themselves that it does A perfect example is that of the little boy who goes to school and learns that hitting is wrong and goes home every night and watches his dad hit his mom How can a
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