Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles Essay

2447 Words Nov 17th, 2016 10 Pages
In today’s society, we are constantly put under pressure to succumb to social constructivism, adhere to accepted societal norms, and participate in gender performativity. For decades, multiple fields have been noticing the pressure to conform to and perform gender stereotypes, which are often seen in small incidences in daily life.
Prior research has shown that gender stereotypes exist and perpetuate throughout our lives. For example, threats to masculinity often lead to compensatory behavior (i.e aggression); one such threat is parental roles. In 2016, Kosakowska-Berezecka et al. did three different studies (N1 = 76, N2 = 313, N3 = 131) to test how gender norms are perpetuated through threats to masculinity. Study 1 found that threats to masculinity influenced men’s ideas of gender roles (favored traditional gender roles), study 2 found that the justification of gender roles was evoked by threats, and study 3 found that when participants’ schemas were primed with a passage that emphasized the existence of gender stereotypes, men were more likely to conform to gender stereotypes. Kosakowska-Berezecka et al.’s studies concluded that being more involved in housework and parental duties (i.e. shopping for groceries), made men feel like their masculinity was threatened. Thus, to maintain their sense of masculinity and gender stereotypes men are less likely to shop not only for home things like groceries, but also shop less in general and coerce their feminine counterparts to…

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