Reflection On Gender Stereotypes

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In today’s progressive society, many genders are acknowledged and accepted. Despite this progression, there still remain many stereotypes about certain genders and even oppression of some. Personally, I identify as a cisgender female and I am rather typical of my gender. I enjoy hobbies that are considered feminine, like baking or sewing, and I have always excelled in English and Language Arts classes, which is typical of female student. However, I do deviate from the norm as I do enjoy non-feminine hobbies, including watching and playing various sports. Growing up, I learned that these, among other things, were examples of how a “lady” should act. Although limited, in school we learned that girls should act as a sophisticated lady would act, and that boys would respect us for it. I do not remember ever learning about the expectation of boys in school; however, my knowledge about gender was mostly gained from media and family, so I did figure out the boys typically had less restrictions in terms of how they were expected to behave. Specifically, I remember talking about how the different genders had to dress for a play my high school drama class was going to see. The boys had to dress…show more content…
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