Stereotypes In Today's Society

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Today’s society still has a main set of ideas on how men and women are expected to dress, behave, and present themselves solely based on their gender. Gender role expectations can vary from each society, ethnic group, and culture. Gender based stereotypes are widely accepted judgments or biases about a person or group, but these stereotypes are typically exaggerated and not always accurate. Gender based stereotypes can cause sexism, which is defined as “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.” (Oxford Dictionary). Although gender roles are changing for the better, they still exist in today’s world and affect our society’s perspective on gender based personality traits, domestic behaviors and…show more content…
For example, women are expected to be thin and graceful and to dress and groom in ways that are stereotypical to women, like wearing dresses and makeup. For example, a study on self-perceptions of physical appearance “indicated that women considered all components of appearance except height to be more important than did men and were more interested in changing their appearance than were men.” (Gender, Gender Role, and Physical Appearance). This shows how women are typically more insecure about how they look and if they fit their stereotypical look that society has created for them or not. On the other hand, men are expected to be tall and muscular. However, in the same research, it stated that “few physical attributes distinguished among the male gender-role groups.” (Gender, Gender Role, and Physical Appearance). Many people believe that men can also be very insecure about making sure they meet the standards of what a “man” should look like. For example, it is not very common to see grown men walking around in the streets wearing makeup and dresses, as these features have been assigned to women by our society. Stereotyping physical appearances by gender has always been common in our society and is still existent in today 's world, whether we choose to recognize it or…show more content…
Gender roles can be broken down one person at a time. For example, if more and more women became successful doctors, it would help break down the stereotype that only men could be successful doctors in their community. On the other hand, if multiple men decided to express their love for makeup to others, although he may get discriminated and picked on, he would make a difference in breaking down that specific stereotype. Recently, more and more people have been advocating against gender roles and have been trying to break them, which has made a huge difference in our society. Although gender roles are more existent in different parts of the world than others, they are changing and one step at a time, gender roles will slowly be less and less existent in today’s

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