Gende Gender Roles Essay

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Gender roles have been around for a long time and they are socially constructed. Yes there are differences in men and women naturally but most are exaggerated by society. In American culture men are the ones who have masculine roles traditionally associated with strength, aggression, and dominance, while females have feminine roles traditionally associated with passivity, nurturing, and subordination. Therefore setting certain standards that one must follow can be harmful in one 's life. A man gets the idea that he shouldn 't be nurturing or show feelings and instead needs to be tough and perform violence if needed. Men having dominance towards women can lead to sexual harassment and women also have the idea that she needs to have a perfect body. Does being born a certain gender really determine how someone should be raised? All the around the world these ideas still exist in order for someone to be accepted by society, and these so called roles are not allowing men to have some of those feminine roles and vise versa.…show more content…
Men are the ones who tend to be the dominant, in control and who should suppress their emotions. Does the male have to be the one who acts tough and stays in control? So much pressure is put into a male 's life to have society version of what an ideal man is. It makes a male feel the need to show off that he has the characteristics to prove he has the ideal masculinity he needs in order to survive in society. On October 9,2015 four separate studies were made that reported the “Being a Man in Nigeria: Perspectives and Realities.” The studies were made by a group, Voices for Change Nigeria. The team leader of the organization is, Munirat Ogunlayi. “At least 70% of men and 50% of women who took part in the study believed men needed to be tough, intelligent, fearless and show no emotion”(Ogunlayi 1). This only shows what harmful affect society norms have placed on
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