What 's Do You Do With It? Essay example

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What’s Gender Got to do with it?
Equality. It’s something we all like to think that we have. And, for the most part, above the surface, we do. However, when you apply a male and female into an exact same scenario, you start to realize that equality among the genders is a myth. When gender is involved, it’s not difficult to see a division between the benefits and disadvantages that each particular gender receives. For each male and each female, society has created some sort of bubble in which they "fit" best within the social norms. This is what we call, in simple terms: Gender Roles.
Gender roles easily influence us to look or act a certain way towards each particular gender. In Sheryl Sandberg’s book, ‘Lean in: What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?’ Sheryl explains the dynamic between how different boys and girls are raised the moment that they are born. Parents tend to talk to girl babies more than they do to boy babies and while they overstimulate a baby boy’s ability to crawl, they underestimate that of their girl babies. Also, parents seem to have this need to spend more time comforting and hugging their infant girls while they spend most of their times simply watching their infant boys play by themselves. As they grow, young girls are scolded while they speak out of turn and are reminded to raise their hands while teachers encourage and frequently interact more with boys, asking them further questions and actually listening to them. This in turn forces young women…

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