Negative Consequences of Gender Role Stereotyping

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In our society today, men and women perform distinctly different roles

which are based on nothing more than their biological gender. Although

these roles do not hold true for each individual, the majority of

people live out their lives in accordance with these extremely

pervasive roles. Society tends to assign classes of social roles to

"male" individuals and classes of social roles to "female" individuals

(as society perceives their sexes). These gender roles limit what both

males and females can and cannot do. Gender roles enslave individuals

and force them to be what others want them to be. They are perpetuated

and reinforced by the mass media and society in general many ways,

some which are obvious and others which are more subtle. In many

societies, there is a strong tendency to exaggerate these gender

roles, and it seems to frequently jump from a valid observation to a

false conclusion. Individuals within the culture are expected to

conform to these "norms" and are socialized in manners which

constantly reinforce the beliefs and behaviors which are prescribed

and presupposed for them. We live in a sexually repressive society,

but in order to break out of these binds, people must define their

sexuality on their own terms, and not be manipulated and dominated by

cultural "norms" of beauty, desirability and behavior.

Gender role is a social construction of a particular cultural group's

expectation of another person's behaviors, attitudes, values and

beliefs based on their perceived biological sex. Biological factors

have strong impacts on occupations that are judged by a society to be

appropriate for men and for women. The probl...

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