Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles Essay

763 Words Jan 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Name three words that describe a female and name three words that describe a male.
All of the words you named were most likely stereotypes of men and women in society. A gender stereotype is a simplistic generalization about gender attributes, differences, and roles of individuals or groups. Gender roles are expectations regarding the proper behavior, attitudes, and activities of males and females. For example, in the United States, toughness, or masculine, describes men and tenderness describes females. Gender roles are very different across different cultures. Also some gender roles have changed throughout the years. Gender stereotypes and gender roles can be either positive or negative, and accurate or inaccurate. I am going to talk briefly about how gender stereotypes and gender roles affect a person’s life starting from the day he or she is born.
Gender stereotype and gender roles are first encountered in early childhood. Parents teach boys to be boys and teach girls to be girls. For example, the colors one chooses for the child’s nursery and the clothes one would dress them in. Toys can be a very big part of gender stereotyping and gender roles. The way toys are marketed have a lot to do with it. When toys are marketed there is a specific gender model playing with the toy, which places that toy in a specific gender category. I know personally I would look twice if I saw a young boy playing with a children’s jewelry set. According to Elizabeth A. Bloomfield, “Research…

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