Gender Roles, Stereotyping and Gender Bias Essay
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Gender affects every aspect of our life, from how we feel about ourselves and set our goals in educational, recreational and work opportunities as well as the the nature and extent of our participation in social and civic life. It has a strong impact on the way we practice our religion, the way we dress, the way we express our feelings and the nature of all of our relationships with others.
This paper explores various facets of gender roles in order to understand this topic such as what role males and females are expected to play in today's society, how gender roles are decided, affected and exaggerated by stereotyping. Futhermore, this paper will draw attention towards how stereotyping leads to gender biases.
What is 'Gender'…show more content…
An individual can either identify themselves with a subculture or social group which results in them having diverse gender roles.
Today when a human baby is born the first question that is asked is '' Is it a boy or a girl?'' In human culture the answer to this question is gigantically significant. This definition of ''femaleness'' or ''maleness'' is the hypothesis of the society which assumes that the child who is born a girl will remain female forever, while a boy will be a male. Gender roles are created by society and vary from society to society as it takes all sorts to make a world. It does not matter where ever you are in the world its just ''society'' which assigns the gender roles without even having enough knowledge about one's gender identity. We living in 21st century but when it comes to gender role orientation we are in total chaos. Gender identity :
Most non- Western societies have three human genders man ,woman and third gender. In the West, gender is consider to be the same as one's sex identity and there are only two valid options male or female. Any gender variation , other than male or female gender is treated as disease or abnormalities or gender disorder e.g homosexual, bisexual
Essay on Gender Stereotype
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Gender Stereotype According to the writers in chapter, “Gender Stereotyping And the Media”, gender stereotypes are harmful to men and women. Gender stereotypes set impossible standards for men and women that lead to unhappiness, loneliness and possibly violence towards themselves. Stereotypes affect relationships between a man and a woman. Moreover, stereotypes dictate the behavior of boys and girls that lead to violence. Rather than combating gender stereotypes, our society reinforces stereotypes by passing them to the next generation and giving labels and names to the people who do not conform to the stereotypes. Hence, the dichotomy is that our society buys into the stereotypes that reinforce abuse, while tying to remove…show more content…
The humor that naturally arises in this context reflects traditional patriarchal notions of gender. As stated in Devor’s text, “In patriarchally organized societies, masculine values become the ideological structure of the society as a whole. Masculinity thus become ‘innately’ valuable and femininity serves a contrapuntal function to delineate and magnify the hierarchical dominance of masculinty.” (Devor P.173). Stereotypical masculinity, for instance, is portrayed as natural, normal and universal. This is a masculinity within which women are subordinated and are compelled to conform to their traditional stereotypes as depeendents. Collectively, traditional women’s roles as mothers, wives, and dependents, limited women from having an individual identity in the male dominated world. For example, in Friedan’s essay, “The problem that has no name”, a woman states that “the problem is always being the children’s mommy, or the minister’s wife and never being myself.” She is claiming that she has no identity of herself.
Gender and identity issues led feminists to revolt and “the feminist movememtn has done much for some women, and something for every woemn.” Due to the feminist revolution, women, today, have the privilege to vote, get educated and work outside of the home. They have various new roles and images, which seem to abolish all stereotypes of women. However, the women issues and feminism today, have become more