Gender Roles Of Gender

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Imagine a baby girl. What do you see? Now imagine a baby boy. Do you picture the same baby? Well, most of the time people will say no, not because of the baby 's sex, but because how we connect someone 's sex with gender categories. "Male" and "female" are sex categories, and "masculine" and "feminine" are gender categories. However, the line between these two seems to be very thin if existent at all. This is because society has molded us to stereotype genders without us even knowing and to unconsciously teach generations to follow the same ingrained roles.
Society has conditioned people into strapping their children into gender roles before even knowing what they will be naming their children. When a family learns they will be expecting,
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When a boy picks up a Barbie doll, the parent is most likely going to tell him that the Barbie’s aren’t for him to play with and will hand them an action figure. If a boy falls while playing, he is thought to get up and not cry. This is because boys are being molded into the typical masculine figure. They are the protectors of the families and the dominant ones. They cannot show fear or feelings because that is a form of weakness on their part, even their bodies ought to be stronger than a female body. While girls are being molded into the typical fragile feminine. Females are the ones who care for their families, the ones who show feelings and the gentle …show more content…
Some people have even committed suicide. Boys tend to call each other “gay” if they act scared or are not tough enough. While little girls tend to pick on one another for being different as to how they look. Jamey Roderneyer, a 14-year-old boy from Williamsville, NY, committed suicide because he was being bullied at school due to his sexuality. Children are being taught these terrible roles on how one is ought to be when there is no proof of how an individual is really ought to be. In reality, there is no such evidence on how genders should act or be because gender roles differ from culture to culture. For example, Cleopatra at the age of 17, became Queen and one of the most powerful rulers Egypt had ever known. While others like the Vikings, treated women as

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