Femininity And Masculinity Essay

analytical Essay
1535 words
1535 words

When presented with the terms “femininity” and “masculinity”, people often associate them with a woman and a man which in turn, leads to gender stereotypes in society. Individuals usually claim that a man must be masculine, a woman must be feminine and that that is the clear-cut end of it. This idea is backed up by Oxford, and Merriam Webster’s dictionary which defines “masculinity” as qualities in relation to characteristics of men (Oxford Dictionaries; Merriam-Webster's) and “femininity” as qualities in relation to characteristics of women(Oxford Dictionaries; Merriam-Webster's). There is a certain list that is affixed with the terms “femininity” and “masculinity”.The list for masculinity includes words such as dominance, superiority, power, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the terms "femininity" and "masculinitiy" are associated with a woman and man, which leads to gender stereotypes in society.
  • Argues that femininity and femininity are vital in the development of gender stereotypes and sexism.
  • Argues that "femininity" and "masculinization" have led to sexism because more masculine characteristics are valued in society, making men more likely to receive more social encouragement.
  • States hofstede's definition of a masculine and feminine culture, where men are assertive, tough, and focused on material success, while women are modest, tender and concerned with quality of life.
  • Argues that the "lists" in relation to "feminine" and "masculinity" should not be eliminated; it is the way people perceive them that needs to change.
  • Analyzes il'inykh s.a.'s "masculinity and femininity: interpretation in terms of the gender theory".
  • Introduces schiebinger, klinge, paik, sánchez de madariaga, schraudner, and stefanick.
  • Cites hofstede, geert, and sage publications' culture's consequence:comparing values, behavior, institutions and organizations across nations.
  • Describes hoffman, rose marie, and dianne l. borders' "twenty-five years after the bem sex-role inventory: a reassessment and new issues regarding classification variability."

However, what many people are unaware of is that the concepts of “femininity” and “masculinity” are not just utilized to describe genders but also play a key role regards to whether an area has a feminine or masculine …show more content…

One doctor of sociological sciences defines masculinity and femininity as a “set of attitudes, roles, norms of behavior, [and] hierarchy of values typical of the male and female sex in each specific society.”(Il’inykh,S.A.(2012)) This suggests that “masculinity” and “femininity” are equivalent to gender identities but are influenced by each individual society. From a young age, even before being born, individuals are already upheld to expectations by society based on what their biological sex is. For example, when parents are informed that they are having a male, they usually decorate everything in blue with a theme of cars, dinosaurs, superheroes, or anything that is considered to be tough, and are gifted with toys that include trucks, dinosaurs, action figures, video games etc.(Brewer) Conversely, when parents find out they are having a female, they go for a more girly theme when decorating which includes the color pink, soft decor, flowers, butterflies or ballerinas, and most toys girls receive are tea sets, dolls, items to play house with, etc.(Brewer). With these early exposures, boys and girls are already presented with their masculine or feminine expectations formed by society which convey the idea that men must be strong and dominant while the

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