The Characteristics Of Gender Stereotypes In Society

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Gender stereotypes are over-generalizations about the characteristics of an entire group based on gender. Even though gender stereotypes have been perceived as having negative connotations, they can also have positive ones as well. We typically are defined by society due to gender roles which refers to the attitudes, behavior, and activities that are socially defined as for each sex and are learned through the socialization process. I believe when you have a society that has a manual on how to be a “REAL MAN” or “REAL WOMAN” and each sex has to have certain attitudes, behavior, and activities in order to be considered that is when stereotypes come into hand. We forget that men or women may do what the other does in their everyday life, but because we assume based off of the manual of “REAL MEN” or “REAL WOMEN” we intend to forget that the manual doesn’t apply to everyone in society. Stereotypes start from the moment the gender is identified, we immediately start buying girls “pink” and boy’s “blue” we automatically assume what a girl wants and what a boy wants based off a stereotypical woman or man. By doing this we are setting up our own children to live a stereotypical life and we don’t even realize it. For example, body consciousness is how a person perceives and feels about his or her body as we grow up we know what meets approval and dis-approval of society. Being small and weak is what would be considered positive for women, however, very negative for men. Why is this

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