Gender Observation Reflection Paper

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Gender is something that is done. People everyday do actions that define whether they are “masculine” or “feminine”, which helps them define who they are. So therefore in society, there are unsaid gender roles. Gender roles are the stereotypical behaviors that have been carried down for many years. For my “Gender in America” class, the other students and I were told to go into the the “real world” and to watch and observe different gender roles and actions take place in a public setting. Our goals were to see how one acts “masculine” or “feminine” and if gender roles are heavily practiced today. For my “real world” experience I went to a shopping mall. I thought this would be a good place to observe gender roles because of the very popular…show more content…
As soon as I entered, I went to an ice cream store and as I was waiting in line I began to notice the gender roles. One observation I made was a couple standing in front of me. A man stood tall in front of me with an arm wrapped around, what I assumed, his wife. I took this stance as a position of dominance and power. After they ordered and their ice cream was made, he paid. Again many masculine men like to see that paying, rather than letting the miss pay, shows power. Next, I went to the food court. I sat down and looked at the different groups around me. First, there was a fast food restaurant. When I looked inside, I noticed that all the cashiers were women and all the cooks but one were men. This shows perhaps the different gender roles that men do the hard and heavy work while the women do the serving and tilling. In line, I noticed many men paying for the meal, especially if they came with a partner. At the tables, I noticed that many men sat and the women would bring the food and as they left the women would completely clean up the table. This resembles how woman would serve the food and clean up after their husband and…show more content…
I conclude that this is so because women are often judged upon what they wear and many girls are taught to always dress up cause it makes good impressions. Whereas when a man or a boy are dressed in something like a t-shirt and jeans, that’s good enough? I also spotted that many women carry purses. Some do it because they like to accessorise but most do it because they don't have pockets to put their wallet in. I personally don’t like carrying a bag, because i think it's unnecessary, and I have to either hold it or find a creative place to put things. I believe this is unfair to women because bags are expensive and almost all pants for men have pockets. Like in jeans for example, men will have like 5 pockets but women will have none that work because for women “pockets are just for show”. And let’s say that women don’t have pockets in hopes that it would cause more women to buy purses, why can’t they not put pockets for men so that then there would be more people who bought
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