Gender And Gender Conformity

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Gender has a large influence on the way in which one is socialised, and thus, in my opinion how one conforms in social situations. The term ‘gender’ refers to the socially constructed differences between male and females in our society. All aspects of social life, including work and home life, as well as social interaction, is organised around the dimension of this difference. These differences over time have resulted in vast dissimilarities in the social behaviour between males and females. This gap in behaviour has resulted in a difference in conformity between males and females; with the latter being the more socially inclined and thus more compelled to conform when put in unclear social situations . This is partially due to females being relatively considerate of the opinions of others, while males are conditioned to be independent and self-confident. Ultimately, social media has the power to perpetuate and reinforce these gender stereotypes in society, widening the gap between conformity rates across gender. To gain a primary basis on which to judge this, I incorporated numerous forms of primary research into this PIP. These included both quantitative and qualitative methods, consisting of surveys, interviews and a conformity experiment. I organised the survey and experiments according to the gender of the participants, which I analysed to determine which gender had conformed more. When conducting the surveys , I asked random males and females numerous questions to determine if they would tend toward conformity or nonconformity. As demonstrated in figure 2, within males, 12.35% of the participants had responses that indicated a propensity towards conformity, while 87.65% of the male participants displayed a tendency to ... ... middle of paper ... ...oles are predominantly based from those established in previous generations. However, these results are not absolute. As discussed previously, gender affects conformity due to the gender differences on socialisation. When taking a cross-cultural stance, it is evident that different societies and cultures will teach different perspectives of conformity. Therefore, this gender variance in conformity is not absolute, but rather characteristic of the society, culture and time in which one develops. Thus, it is clear that when taking an individual stance, one’s gender plays an extensive role in said individual response to social pressures, and thus their predisposition towards conformity. Additionally, social media has the power to reinforce gender stereotypes, furthering the gap between males and females in modern society, and thus influence their rates of conformity.
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