Essay on Gender Stereotypes : Boys Will Be Boys

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The saying, “boys will be boys” is a saying used to describe mischievous boys within our society and is often used as an excuse when males do something wrong. However, there is no equal saying for little girls...We live in a world where we are confronted by gender stereotypes before our very own birth and continue to live within a society where males and females follow their own individual stereotype and are confronted by those stereotypes on a daily basis. Several, mostly U.S., studies have investigated child gender stereotypes in a family context, and demonstrated that parental gender stereotypes and the presence of siblings play an important role in the development of explicit gender stereotypes (McHale et al. 1999, 2003; Turner & Gervai 1995). This paper discusses the socialization of gender stereotypes. Gender stereotypes are widely held beliefs about the characteristics, behaviors, and roles of men and women (Weinraub et al. 1984). These specific stereotypes create an accepted biased towards different traits that are categorized as masculine or feminine. For example, men are supposed to be logical. If men are emotional however, then they are deemed as a “sissy.” Whereas, women are supposed to obtain the characteristics of being emotional, warm, and loving. The late 1960s and early 1970s began the studies of gender. At that time, these areas were just emerging and represented an early and important effort to survey and integrate the existing literature (Zosuls, K.…

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