Gender Norms In Society

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We as humans are almost trained to identify, and determine our gender by our biological sex. The words “gender” and “sex” are commonly used interchangeably. The definition of the word “sex” is the classification of people based on genitalia, commonly known as male and female. Gender refers to social norms, and stereotypical, behavioral, and cultural traits. This is usually dictated by society. Society tends to ostracize people whose gender do not go hand-in-hand with their biological sex. Society is a hegemony, and we have built gender norms and stereotypes upon ourselves. Gender norms in society start out when we are infants, from the toys are parents choose to allow us to play with. Whether it is playing with legos, or playing with a dollhouse. A few articles that I will be speaking about are Disney’s racism and sexism by Anna Escher, Disney Is NOT Sexist by Susie Kopecky, Wearing Makeup by Sociology of style, etc. We cannot blame society, because we …show more content…
Margaret Cho states, “I had a lot of problems with the network because they were constantly telling me I was too fat… I became very anorexic trying to somehow keep this job that I really wanted to keep… They ended up canceling the television show and they replaced it with Drew Carey… Because he’s so THIN”(“Miss Representation”). I’m not going to sit here and say that men aren’t pressurized to look like a prince charming in his suit of armor, but I am going to say that women have more pressure to look like Barbie than man have to look like Ken. I have struggled loving my body, because even though I have long legs, and small waist, and nicely shaped hips, I’m not exactly slim. I’m not the cinematic barbie doll society expects a woman to be. I don’t look like a girl out of a fairy tale or a fable, and I probably never will. However, I’ve come to accept the fact that

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