Gender Roles In America

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Men in America 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 our society including advertisements and articles. In the Article “The men America left behind” by Kirsten Weir we take a look at the many roles that men take on compared to the women in our current American society. Kristen Weir is a well-known female author that specializes in the science and health industry. These attributes of “masculinity” in men are often the effects of women finding these characteristics attractive in men. We will notice the effects that these roles have on men, including stress and disconnection that men may feel. Men in the American society form strict…show more content…
These stereotypes have proven to be harsher for the men to break out of compared to women. Although women are pushing for gender role shifts unaware of the effects that it may have on our society and the stereotypes that men are still stuck filling. The stereotypes men try to conform to are often set by woman including dominance, toughness, and many more attributes woman find attractive in a guy. Therefore, men find it hard to try and change these attributes when asked to do so. This is prevalent in occupations as well. Women often think that a guy that works as a doctor opposed to a nurse is more attractive. This is seen in many more positions in our society. It is a fact that men are men are experiencing a loss of traditional gender roles and that they do not know how to cope with that mentally. This may make many men feel disconnected or in distress due to not knowing what to do. Many men may feel confused with what women may want. This confusion and distress may be solved by seeing a psychologist instead of turning to opioids or other more harmful…show more content…
The effects discussed in this essay are just the past and present effects. But we can expect to see an increase in all of these effects. There are many ways to stop this issue, including the stop of gender role shifts or a bigger push in men seeing psychiatrists. We would not encounter this issue if traditional gender roles did not play this relevant of a role in our everyday life. I believe that women are a major catalyst for this increase in stereotypes of men. If women were to stop finding that certain men are attractive based on toughness or dominance and even career choice, there would be a decline in the number of men in distress. I feel that many men find it hard to change when different people want them to act different or even the same person wants them to act dominant but be able to cry. This is a major issue that we have come by in the recent years with woman wanting equality in the gender roles. An example is them wanting equality, but then them saying that they still feel that guys need to be the ones to open doors or pay for
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