Gender Stereotypes And Women's Role In Society

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Males are dominant. Females are not. Females are care givers. Males are not. “Act like a man. Stop acting like a girl.” These are just a few examples of gender stereotypes that we are faced with everyday from the time we are born. Gender stereotypes have become an extensive role in today’s society, which has resulted in the expectations of males to act one way, and females to act another. Stereotypes can be seen everywhere from commercials, to children 's’ toys, to movies, to one’s personal household, including my own. Growing up I was always observant of my parent’s behavior at home and in public. I have come to the realization that yes, my parents do exemplify some examples of gender roles, but for the most part they defy the stereotypical …show more content…
I want a wife who cooks the meals, and is a good cook.” This portrays one of the most common gender stereotypes which is that it is a women’s job to clean, wash, and cook. This always reminds me of a Tyler Perry’s play that I once watched in which there was a woman singing a song that said,”Ya gotta cook, and clean, and wash everything.” She was giving advice to a younger woman about what she was supposed to do as a wife. When I first watched this, when I was younger, I did not think anything of it. That was until I got older and noticed that my mom truly did cook, clean, and wash everything. Both of my parents work eight hours a day, however when my mom came home she was always scampering around making sure the house looked nice, and that everyone was feed. It …show more content…
I believe that my father is very masculine, however he is not dominant and aggression, which is how society describes the average man. Masculinity should not be defined by traits that can be seen as negative. My father is not dominant to the point where he is controlling. There is a difference between being the head of the house, and being dominant. Yes, my father is the head of the house but he does not act controlling towards me and my mother. He respects our wishes. My father does not like to be aggressive at all. He knows how to get his point across without coming off as aggressive. Sometimes I feel that my parents switch roles when it comes to these stereotypes. My mother is neither passive or submissive. If she does not want to do something, she is not going to do it. My mother is more of the dominant figure in my household. If she says no that is the final answer, however if I ask my dad for something he usually says yes or if he says no he changes his mind. However, I have noticed in other households that this is not the case. For some of the other people in my family, or even my friends’ families I notice that this stereotype is true. I have friends who are

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