Gender stereotypes are very common among today’s society. In modern society, a recurring gender stereotype is that men are expected to be tough, aggressive, dominant, and self-confident. This gender stereotype started because of traditional gender roles. Despite the fact that this gender role is no longer necessary for men, society still expects men to follow these roles. However, this is pernicious for the reason that, if men don’t follow this role, they will be looked down upon.
This idea of necessary flawlessness is driving even the younger generations into a yearn to change themselves to look like others. 28% of 5-year-olds wanted their bodies to look like a movie or tv star (Engeln 3). These young women are growing up in a society that destroys the idea of uniqueness. A study of 2,000 women in the U.K. stated that they criticized themselves 8 times a day for being too fat, having hair that was a mess, a big belly, wishing were photogenic like other women in the
Woman should be act more femininity such as passive, gentle and compassionate. In fact, the stereotypes of gender affect the health status of men and women in the society. According to the statistics, it shows the death rate and morbidity rate of men and women, men have a higher mortality
Sexism, throughout the past century, is a growing controversial argument between people. Unfortunately, it is still a debatable event among groups of people no matter what their tendencies are. Most gender discriminations relate sexism to women highlighting on the treatment of women throughout history up to our recent days. On the other hand, not only there are few people who see it from the opposing perspective where men are exposed to sexism, but also few people believe that men are experiencing sexism either directly or indirectly. “When Men Experience Sexism,” by Noah Berlatsky (2013), The Atlantic, the opposing perspective was definitely stated.
Boys are taught to be strong to never show fear, be weak or vulnerable and to prove their masculinity in contrast to women. This is not fair, men have the right to express these emotions just as women do. One should not be forced into living out a prescribed gender identity; it should be the individual’s choice. Gender is a performance
As credible bearers of those attributes, however, genders can also be rendered thoroughly and radically incredible” (193). As a matter of fact, masculinity as a gender identity is not a biological entity, but a constructed one, so it is not fixed. Kimmel and Aronson in Men and Masculinities discuss that, “Although we experience gender to be an internal facet of identity, the concept of masculinity is produced within the institutions of society and through our daily interactions.” (503) Therefore, masculine gender can go under crisis and this crisis heightened toward the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of twenty first
Honestly, men should not be sexually harassing women at all, especially not in the workplace. Why do they do it in the first place? Do they think it’s okay, because it is obviously not okay. If someone does not want to, they should listen. One in every five women gets sexually harassed in the workplace.
These gender roles are detrimental for women as they are for men. For example for every woman that is tired of being fragile when she is strong, there is a man who is afraid of appearing weak. Let us not forget that men can be victims of rape and assault as well but they are often times afraid to speak up about it because society is still sure that men, as the 'stronger' sex cannot be victims. And these gender stereotypes constrain the lives of everyone. However we need to keep in mind there is a difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to
by lying down and/or making a kissing pout) and even self-objectification (de Vries & Peter, 2013) while males more often demonstrate their physical strength (e.g. by standing solidly and/or showing off their muscles)”. According to their research as well as class discussions, stereotypes of women are being portrayed as weak, emotional and inferior to men. When discussing women in media in class (2/2), professor Goar explained how females often are portrayed as sexual objects who are supposed to be skinny and sexy but still pure, which can be seen in the internet space I have been analyzing. I follow males and females who post pictures on an everyday basis.
Typically, women are portrayed as nurturing and delicate figures and, as Celica Benoit says in her work Women, Work and Social Rights, creating such a tight frame in which women must fit themselves can have great repercussions in their personal and professional lives, as they tend to be rejected when they do not fit the profile. Naturally, the same can be said for men, as their media representation mostly omits any emotional side and, as such, men are expected never to show emotion and to be the pylons of society.