Essay about Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

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Throughout the decades, there have been many gender stereotypes in American culture which influence gender roles in society and in the home. These stereotypes can affect a person from birth because of how differently males and females are treated by family, friends, and society. Gender equality has been an ongoing issue in American culture and the female gender has had a lot of discrimination to overcome. Female gender stereotypes have created a culture of gender inequality and social expectations that limit society’s understanding of what it means to be 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 already placed onto the gender (Rathus, Nevid, & Fichner-Rathus, 2014,…

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