Gender roles are what society thinks is considered “normal” for a person based on whether they are male or female. These roles are programmed into our brains from the day we are born, and continue to develop throughout our entire lives. Gender Norms are what each gender is expected to act like. These norms are used to determine what each gender should be like mentally, physically, and emotionally. These norms were developed over time to ensure that each gender had some sort of “code” to live by.
The gender binary is present in every aspect of most people 's lives. It shows up from the way we dress to the stereotypes people have to face. People have this idea of what is gender pushed on them starting when they are born. This leads people to feeling like gender is this stiff and rigid set of rule that they have to follow throughout their lives. It has seeped into our culture like nuclear waste infecting everything it touches.
In the book “You May Ask Yourself”, they define gender roles as “sets of behavioral norms assumed to accompany one’s status as male or female” (Conley Dalton). Gender roles are a very controversial matter. When people think of males, they automatically think of strong, brave, and the breadwinner. On the other hand, when people think of females they think delicate, housewife, and sensitive. I guarantee that most people in the world have this idea of each gender.
Research has shown that our gender and race are two factors that heavily shape our lives. While many people in our society tend to ignore how these two factors play a role in their life, I will be further exploring how they have impacted my life personally. With that said I will incorporate how gender norms and gender socialization have shaped my life and identity as a woman, as well as how my race of being a white person has shaped my life chances and opportunities. Gender norms and socialization structured many aspects of my life and allowed myself to have the gender identity of a woman. Over the past 19 years, I have followed certain gender norms that are commonly associated with identifying as a woman.
My gender before I was born, as with most babies, was predetermined through pink balloons at my baby shower and the pink blanket I was wrapped in when I was born. Today gender has become one of the most important labels of your identity that you must accept. Although I don’t reject my given gender, I wonder how my identity would have been affected if I wasn’t forced to learn society's definition of female. As I grew up I was told that I needed to act “ladylike” when my brothers could dress and date around however they wanted. These double standards only became more apparent and strict as I grew up and matured.
According to the research done by The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Women are 11% more likely to be gifted or in higher classes then men are. Sexist is characterized by prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of gender. Women historically have been taught to be housewives, mothers, and to be quiet. While men are the breadwinners, inteligente ones, and the strong ones. Not til more recent times have these expectation changed letting women or men be anything they want to be.
What are a few careers that are mostly dominated by men, and those that are dominated by women? Pick 1 career that is dominated by women, and 1 that is dominated by men, and explain how the opposite sex are treated in these careers (or other positions)? What does this suggest about the way gender structures human social relations? There are a good number of careers that cross gender lines, but on both sides of the gender split there are careers that are widely known to be for one gender over the other.
Gender socialization and gender roles have always existed in society. When analyzing gender roles and their coming of age in the stories “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro and “A&P” by John Updike, they are not always equal or consistent when comparing cultures; however, the expectations for males and females are often times defined by the community they reside in. Another way gender stereotypes are produced is through media such as television shows and movies. Media tends to have two kinds of gender tropes that show the ideal types of characteristics each gender is supposed to have. Masculinity tropes consist of having expectations of what a man should be, such as brave and diligent, and that men who have these features are considered real men.
INTRODUCTION As for the present generation, men are viewed as the strong foundation of the smallest unit of our society. They are expected to be alpha, firm and leading. They could not show any sign of weakness because of this gender role strain. Because of the burden of the expectations that men carry on their shoulders, they experience psychological distress that can be manifested in the level of anxiety they feel or even the relationship they have with the people around them.
Parents’ Perception on Gender Spectrum. In a society that is negatively rich with gender biases and stereotypes, children eventually resort in adopting gender roles which does not necessarily give fair perception to both sexes. Children who are exposed to both internal and external factors shape their attitudes and behaviors towards traditional gender roles as they move through stages of adolescence and ultimately in adulthood. Witt (1997) argued that these attitudes, character, and behaviors are learned at firstly at home which are then heightened by the school experience, child’s friends or peers, and television viewing and other external factors after social bonds are formed outside a family setting. However, it is primarily the family setting that strongly influences the child’s gender role development.