Women's Role In My Life Reflection Paper

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Gender has played a big role in my life. When we talk about gender, we don’t always talk about the stereotypical roles that are attached to gender. While the stereotypes and gender roles placed on males and females are not as prominent as they were in the past, they do still exist today. For example, things like “pink is only a girl’s colour,” or “men are the breadwinners of the family,” and “it’s a women’s job to raise a family.” It is these stereotypes and gender roles that hold society back from having equality for all genders. In my case, it is the idea that it is a women’s job to have and raise a family that has been an influence in my life. Gender has impacted my life because since I am a women, I grew up believing that I had to have…show more content…
It teaches you the concepts of parenting, how to properly parent, and prepare you for the future of being a parent. You even get to have a fake pregnancy and take home a fake baby to simulate what having a newborn is like for a few days. The main reason I took this course was because of my parents. They felt it was very important for me to take this course, which I agreed with. By this time I had already changed my mind about not having children but still they pushed. When I walked into the classroom on the first day, I must admit I was a bit disappointed. Among the 15 or so of students in the class, only one of them was male. Everyone else, including the teacher, was female. I didn’t understand why no other guys were taking this course. It’s not only women who need to know how to parent, men need to know how to parent too. It is not only a woman’s responsibility to raise a…show more content…
They didn’t seem to believe that they needed to take that class. It was almost as if they didn’t think they need to know how to parent. As if they believed it wasn’t their job to know how to parent because they aren’t a woman. Again, why was that? Why don’t men realize that it’s not just up to a woman to know how to parent? When it was my turn to care for the “newborn baby,” I was worried about the reactions of others, especially the males, in my classes. It was a simulation baby, so it made noises and cried when it needed to be changed, fed, etc. Anytime the baby made as much as a cooing noise, guys in my class would jump or move away from it. Even though it was a fake baby, they didn’t know how to handle it, and looked to me to do what I was supposed to do. This is just another way that the gender stereotype was enforced into my
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