Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

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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
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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 indicates that children as young as eighteen months show preferences for gender- stereotyped toys. By the age of two, they are aware of their own and others’ gender and between two and three years of age, they begin to identify specific traits and behaviors in gender stereotyped ways”. This research really surprised me; I never would have thought these bench markers would come at these young of …show more content…
That’s why this topic was so interesting to me. I never learned about gender roles and gender stereotypes in school nor did my parents ever talk to me about it from what I remember. This topic in the Racial and Ethnic Groups textbook opened my eyes to how often it has affected or is affecting my life. Gender roles and gender stereotypes are implanted in many social institutions, such as family, education, religion, politics, the economy, medicine, and the mass media. As a future teacher, I need to know about gender roles and gender stereotypes and how they may affect my students. Gender roles and gender stereotypes affect everyone very differently, and it is important to think about the positive and negative effects that of gender role and gender stereotypes has, on our youth. A school is where gender roles are developed, and a school should also be where they are learned about. Therefore, I think parents and teachers should teach about gender roles and gender stereotypes so students are aware of them. This way students will understand the positives and negatives sides to them but also realize that they do not describe everyone. Gender roles are just a broad and general description of a specific gender to be aware of, but not dwell

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