An Analysis Of Gary Powell 's ' Women And Men '

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In ‘Women and Men in Management,’ author Gary Powell addresses a number of different discriminatory stereotypes. People develop a perception of gender roles from a socialization process that instills a perception of the differences between men and women. Growing up, we perceive the existence of stereotypical gender roles through teachings and personal interactions. For me however, as a product of the late 80s and 90s, everything I learned about the differences between men and women came with the caveat that women are capable of doing all the same things that men can do. Despite the constant reinforcement of this idea, I was still raised with the understanding that it is the responsibility of a man to serve as a provider for his wife and…show more content…
From an early age, all children understand that girls and boys wear different clothes and use different bathrooms; they often play with different toys and associate with different colors. This serves to reinforce the idea of there being a difference between the genders, and as such we learn to follow certain rules that are aimed toward preserving the dignity and welfare of the opposing sexes. Specific family dynamics may dictate that the father in a household is the provider and the mother is the care giver, or the staunch disciplinarian and the sympathetic redeemer. This is also reinforced through entertainment and media. Often characters in commercials, movies and television are depicted as waggish portrayals of these perceived gender identities. (Powell, 2010). I think entertainment and media have solidified our perception of gender roles and continue to perpetuate them. There are archetypical characters that embody the commonly accepted portrayal of masculinity and femininity and continue to be emphasized as such. Regardless of whether or not you exhibit masculine or feminine characteristics as a man or woman, this division of traits to me only served to reinforce the idea that balance is only achieved through diversity. Men and women in gender stereotypes serve as the embodiment of certain characteristics that are generally considered typical to their sex.
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