Gender Norms In Life Essay

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Journal Assignment Two: Gender Norms in Your Life
This course as a whole has opened my eyes to realize how much our gender plays into the decisions and actions we make every day. I take advantage that doing gender, for me specifically, isn’t an ongoing struggle that it can be for those that do not fit directly into the gender binary. Doing gender is referring to how we behave and interact with others based upon socially constructed expectations for each gender. Instead of being an individual and behaving in the way we would like, we always have to consider if what we are doing is what society believes would be appropriate or reasonable for a female or male. Society establishes gender rules which are a set of instructions of how a man or woman
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I opened the first door for myself and for the person behind me, who happened to be a man. Then the man sped up and walked in front of me to make sure he could open the next door for me. I could see the discomfort in the man’s eyes when I held the first door open for him which frankly puzzled me. It’s ingrained in our minds that women need assistance from men with even the simplest of tasks. This adds to the gender stereotypes that men or at least hegemonic men always want to have power above women even in the slightest instances. In today’s time, it is just seen as polite for men to open the door, but what started this tradition was probably some form of sexism that resulted in a gender norm. Now women today, not necessarily including myself, could see men holding doors open for them a form of benevolent sexism. It’s interesting to analyze experiences like this one because it goes to show how much we associate gender with actions when in reality it could just do more with morals and …show more content…
Since I was analyzing my behavior, I noticed myself having an internal battle of what is appropriate to say when I was speaking. I had to make sure that I was not swearing or using phrases that would be considered impolite. When I am surrounded by people who know me, I speak freely and am not concerned about judgment from my language. However, to be ladylike, especially for first impressions, or in front of men, I must speak elegantly. Ladylike goes hand and hand with being delicate, reserved, and overall put together. Men can often times be offended or in disgust at women who use language that could be similar to their own, or speak out because we have to follow different guidelines for what is

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