The Aspects Of Gender And Gender Stereotypes In Society

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Humans, male and females alike, are not how society sees them. They are more complicated than that though can society does play a part in who they become. Almost everything, and everyone, around us influence who we are or what we do in one way or another. Looking around there are males and females but just knowing a person’s sex or gender, would one know a lot about them? No, a person could not possibly know things about another due to their sex or gender but one may think so because of the gender stereotypes. It is believed that people see a person’s sex or gender as an important predictor of their abilities and interests, etc. In the eyes of society, there are certain thing that girls and boys should and should not be doing. Society begins …show more content…
Girls are often associated with pink, dresses, hair, gentle, being feminine, being ladylike, having a nice appearance, etc. Also, boys are often associated with blue, sports, tough, strength, etc.This all starts from the moment the infant is born into the world, if not before. Penelope Eckert and Sally McConnell-Ginet states that at many hospitals, a newborn is given either a pink (girl) or blue (boy) cap to provide a visual sign of the sex of the baby (737). Parents, some having the same assumptions as the society about genders, dress their children in these colors along with other things. For a girl, the parents would most likely dress them up in a dress, skirt, etc. and for a boy, the parents would dress the child in blue shorts, shirts with superheroes on it or something of the sort. Think about it, like Eckert and McConnell-Ginet stated, “You are unlikely to buy overalls with vehicles printed on them for a girl, and even more reluctant to buy frilly dress with puffed sleeves or pink flowered overalls for a boy” (738). This teaches children what to wear and what not to wear due to their gender and this knowledge will stay with them as the children grow. For example, if a boy grew up and changed into a girl, like Caitlyn Jenner did, then that boy would dress how a girl is assumed to dress, in dresses and others of the …show more content…
Eckert and McConnell-Ginet states, “What they mainly need is the message that male and female are supposed to be different, and that message is everywhere around them” (742). Everywhere a person looks, the message that male and female are supposed to be different is there. Looking in a store there are clothes, and others, specifically for girls and there are clothes, and others, specifically for boys. Another example of where the message is is in magazines, such as the models and what they are modeling. People are not alway aware of what they are doing so those people could possibly be unconsciously forcing the gender stereotypes on others, like with clothes or toys. Eckert and McConnell-Ginet states, “Parents of small children have been shown to reward their children’s choice of gender-appropriate toys (trucks for boys, dolls for girls)” (743). While a parent, or person, is doing something like this, the thought of a “gender-appropriate” item is not always in

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