Gender Stereotypes

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Introduction of Gender Stereotypes

Looking back at different centuries it can be seen that gender stereotypes have been increasing and spreading rapidly around the world in different cultures; our society has allowed gender stereotypes to control many aspects of human activity.
Elliot Aronson, an American psychologist, has stated “ Stereotypes are used to attribute the identical features to each member of a certain group without taking the existing differences among the members into consideration (1972). Nowadays it is thought that by knowing something as simple as someone’s sex, you know a lot about them, such as their interests, hobbies, their emotional characteristics and the way they think. Theories such that men are aggressive, tough, ambitious, and confident also independent and goal oriented, however women are gentle, passive, not as smart, submissive and interdependent have become physiological beliefs to many people and have built gender roles which humans are now being born and raised into. This is creating implicit gender stereotypes therefore people are no longer aware of how their attitudes are being influenced unconsciously.
The World Health organization has defined gender roles as "socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women”
The stereotypical gender traits have influenced these roles and created gender roles that did not exist before the 19th century. An example to consider
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