Gender Roles In American Society

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In the recent years there has been a greater amount of attention brought to the gender roles in america. This is prevalent in many different forms in are society including advertisements and articles. In the Article “The men America left behind” by Kirsten Weir we take a look at many roles that men take on compared to the women in are current american society. These attributes are often the effects of women finding these characteristics attractive in men. We will notice the effects that these rolls have on men including stress and disconnection that men may feel. Men in the American society form strict expectations and stereotypes, but the ever changing society is causing a great deal of stress for the men in America. An example of one of these roles that are having a negative impact on society in the recent decade is the traditional standard that men are supposed to be tough. This stereotype persuades men to not cry and to ignore many of the medical problems that they may have. For example many men may delay scheduling doctors appointments. “When the men saw a doctor, they minimized their symptoms--when their doctor was male. The men were more honest with a female doctor, most likely because they felt less pressure to appear tough.” (Morin par. 3). Many men in today 's society may not have the skills to talk to someone about their emotions Researchers believe that this traditional stereotype may be one of the reasons men tend to die five years earlier than women.
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