Gender Roles And Gender Discrimination Essay

1144 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Gender is one of the ways that society differentiates between what is feminine and what is masculine. Gender roles are invisible barriers set by society to show what a female or male should look or act like. One could say that through these Gender roles, Gender discrimination was born. Throughout history, gender roles and gender discrimination have been documented. While most people consider gender discrimination to be a cause of the unequal treatment in the united states, gender discrimination is actually an effect caused by the gender roles that society creates. According to the Oxford dictionary Gender is defined as, “being either male or female” (oxford.com). “However, in 1965 Johns Hopkins University opened Americas first gender identity clinic” (Mennitto). From that moment on the definition of gender being either male or female became a term of the past. Today Gender has a more open definition, making allowances for those who identify as male, female, and transgender. Society has slowly started opening its doors to the LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender) community, however that process has been slow due to the slow adaptation of gender roles. While the definition of gender might meet this centuries standard, the definition of gender roles is still rather outdated. Gender roles are defined as, “a set of behavioral norms assumed to accompany one’s status as male or female” (Conley 287). Essentially society decides what a male or female should look and act…

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