Essay on Gender Roles And Gender Equality

1022 Words Aug 3rd, 2015 null Page
There are many stereotypes in American culture that have been given to both males and females throughout the decades which label typical male or female roles in society and in the home. These stereotypes can effect a person from birth because of how differently a male or female is treated by family, friends, and society. Gender equality has been an ongoing issue in the American culture and the female gender has had a lot of discrimination to overcome. The stereotypes given to females have created a culture where inequality between the genders exists and social expectations guide the conception of what it means to be males or female. In the textbook, “Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity (9th ed.)” written by Spencer Rathus, Jeffery Nevid, and Lois Fichner-Rathus (2014), they discuss gender roles and stereotyping. They start by discussing how even emotions from the different genders are stereotyped such as the assumption that females have more feelings of fear, sadness, and sympathy and males have more anger and pride. These stereotypes contribute to the given gender roles that culture has placed on what is culturally expected from a female or a male, including the type of personality and behavior each gender has. Often sexism is an outcome of stereotyping because of the bias that is being placed on a person solely based on gender. The results of sexism stereotyping can create an assumption that a person will not be qualified for a vocation because of the bias that is…

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