How Do Gender Affect Gender In Society

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In the American culture, we are shaped with the idea that boys and girls are different, therefore we should act differently. It is evident that our society has created behavioral expectations that shape our perceptions on gender. These gender norms are instilled in us at birth and continue throughout our developmental stages of adolescence. During early childhood, we are taught that girls are associated with soft and pastel colors to show that girls are fragile and feminine, while boys are associated with bold and dark colors to show that boys are tough and masculine. As young men hit puberty, they are taught to bury their emotions and to tough it out. They are taught to mask their feelings because society does not allow men to show any …show more content…
We do not realize that we are conforming to societal expectations until it is brought to our attention. Some of our habits like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are associated with gender norms. For example, gender norms in relation to smoking cigarettes. A study was conducted on college students who smoke cigarettes in a social setting. As expressed in the article, “Gendered Dimensions of Smoking Among College Students,” the study found that there are certain behaviors our society accepts certain behaviors, and those behaviors will not be criticized as long as the behavior follows the specific gender. An example in the article, women who are seen smoking have images of lacking class and perceived to be promiscuous. The images of women to be “trashy” and “sluts” are how men view women seen enjoying a cigarette. Women are also negatively perceived when they are seen smoking a cigarette alone because men view women smoking as a habit done with in a group of other women. The women know the perception placed on them because they agree with the men and their views of women in regards to smoking a cigarette. Therefore, women are often reluctant to smoke alone because they know their behavior is being watched and observed harshly by …show more content…
Their jobs are to solicit the drugs to new customers, and “steer” them to where to purchase drugs in exchange for a couple of dollars. Through an ethnographic study, researchers, Lisa Maher and Kathleen Daly, present findings that women have lower level positions in the sale of drugs and paraphernalia compared to men. The research was conducted on 211 women from Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, who were involved in illicit drug sales within their neighborhood. Researchers also found that women are not given the same opportunities as men due to gender stereotypes because women are perceived of not being capable of handling themselves in a violent situation that comes along with an informal labor force of selling illicit drugs.
According to the research findings, women who are perceived as tough and who are able to use force or violence are successful in the drug economy. These masculine qualities is vital to surviving the violence-enriched business in illicit drug sales. Otherwise, if women are not intimidating, they can be perceived as someone that can easily be taken advantage of and that type of perception is bad for

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