The Pros And Cons Of Gender Stereotypes

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Stereotypes have been defined as specific beliefs towards a given group of people (McLeod, 2008), such as descriptions towards a particular group or class of people; how they look alike, how they behave or their abilities in which exist of different races, cultures or ethnic groups. As such, it is the cognitive representations of those beliefs that most people have in their minds about a certain community or group, which will affect their behavior in common. According to Martin, Little and Wood (1990), gender stereotypes refer to a set of societal norms that hold the fixed ideas about male’s and female’s trait and capabilities and what type of behaviors are generally considered acceptable by the society, based on their sex. Several things are thought to be correlated with gender stereotyping which include the conceptions of femininity and masculinity, the portrayal of domination of men over women and the character traits people hold…show more content…
These are regarding to the behavior of people which differentiate what is considered to be appropriate and what is not appropriate from people of a given gender. According to Wolska (2011),in the case of gender roles, the character traits associated with women have been considered as low position workers, dependence and lack of skills whereas men on the other hand are regarded as high position career, independent as well as assertive none of those traits that are associated with the women. Researchers in the field have analyzed trends in gender stereotyping over time in which it definitely illustrates the biased perceptions against women. The literature review will focus on the issue of gender stereotyping in which it is deeply-rooted in the society as it has far reaching consequences and to what extent they are socially constructed due to the perception held by the
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