Gender Roles And Norms For Men And Women

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Society has socially constructed gender roles and norms for men and women to fulfill throughout their life time. Women are socialized to be less assertive than a man. Therefore, woman aren’t as upfront with their desires. In an effort to respect people’s feelings, women often bite their tongue and go with the flow. Therefore, women are less likely to express their opinions and ask for what they want. For example, a female manager may feel uncomfortable giving directions. If she is too blunt than she’s offensive and a “bitch”. As a result, her reputation may cause tension and disobedience. After all, people lack respect for those they consider “mean”. Therefore, instead of telling the employee to complete a task she may ask them. As a result, people obey her but she exhausts herself and waste time by unnecessarily considering people’s feelings. On the contrary, male managers are direct, they don’t ask their employees to do anything, they just give orders. The male managers are respected for their leadership rather than criticized as a “bitch” or a mean person. One may argue that being a manager and asking someone out is different. Granted, the former involves orders and the later involves confidence. However, asking someone out is assertive. When one asks a person out then they are vocalizing what they want from that person; because of societal norms, women have hard time vocalizing that they want. Assertiveness and leadership go hand in hand. Men are socialized to

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