Gender Norms Research Paper

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There are many variables in which there are differences between the sexes—a biological determination categorizing people into the two main categories of male and female. There are many factors that go into the gap between men and women, most of them being related to gender. Gender in comparison to sex, is a social construction pertaining to norms of all individuals. I believe our patriarchal society leads to medical gaps between men and women, both creating and reinforced by gender roles, norms and behaviors.
As stated in the textbook, and supported by a Chi-Square test of the GSS cumulative data set, women take care of family when they become sick. One of the stereotypical gender norms of women are their nurturing personalities. Women
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A lot of my previous research has covered teenage women’s reproductive health in particular. However, one of the double standards I encountered was access to condoms for males versus birth control for females. Teenage boys can walk into a store and buy condoms while teenage girls have to visit a doctor, fill a prescription, and talk to their parents who may not be open minded about their teen having sex. Boys can acquire condoms without discussing with their parents, girls have to risk their doctor notifying their parents if they do not talk to their parents about birth control beforehand. This fear of parents discovering their child is sexually active, has led to riskier behavior and the spread of …show more content…
Educational attainment and salary are also determinants of healthcare that are gendered. In the past, more men than women went onto higher education and held higher degrees. More recently, women have become the leaders in higher education graduation. Even with these recent statistics, there is still discrimination by sex in the workplace. One of the more talked about issues now is the pay gap between men and women, which takes race into account as well. A cycle of education, occupation, salary and healthcare is therefore driven by sex with preference for males. The better education someone receives, the better occupation they can acquire, the higher salary can be made, and the better healthcare someone can

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