While boys focus more on status in conversation, girls tend to concentrate on emotional connection and sympathetic sameness. Early on, boys tend to realize that there is always going to be a dominant position and a subordinate position in communication. Because of this, boys will aim to be the dominating person, or at least not the subordinate. This can be seen in competitive games where little boys try to outdo each other by saying that they have or that they are the best. When these same boys grow up, this importance of status becomes embedded into their heads so that
There are many differences between a boy and a girl. Usually when they are young, the parents let them do what they desire within reason. As they grow older, it is the mother’s assignment to show the daughter how to become a woman, and it is the fathers to show the son how to become a man. In “Boys and Girls”, the narrator is older than her brother. Therefore, she is gratefully doing the son’s duties until he has grown up and matured. “Wait until Laird gets a little bigger, then you’ll have real help.” (775) The lead character did not like this idea at all. She enjoys working with her father out in the yard, and does not want to be a girl, but more a tomboy as a result that she does not have to work in the house. That is why she goes outside during any chance she attains. “I just get my back turned and she runs off. It’s not like I had a girl in the family at all.” (775) During this time period, young children had more freedom than young adults. For this reason, the protagonist is annoyed by her brother because he receives more freedom than she does. Meaning that he can do whatever he pleases, while she is the one taking care of his future responsibilities. “Swinging himself sick on the swing, going
We are very sensitive. Girls easily get offended by everything even by the simplest things, for example if someone says you are ugly even just by joking around it can easily create a feud between the two individuals.
Evidence that everyone desires a boy can be found throughout the film. In fact, preference for boys over girls is not just a fad but rather deep-rooted in Chinese society. Feudal ideas that men superior to women is embedded and prevails in Chinese culture
As children grow up, gender roles try to put girls in their place from the beginning. Right off the bat girls are presented with baby dolls and toy kitchens that teach them that their place is to be the
Like other various coming of age stories, the two female protagonists are doomed to resign to conformity or endure ridicule and exclusion from their society. Although they both seem to be brave enough to induce change by defying the social order instead of succumbing to conformity, the inexorable pressure put on the protagonists forces them to eventually give in. The girl in “Boys and Girls” is expected to follow the paths of her mother and accept the female gender role in domestic chores dictated by her parents’ expectations. Consequently, she surrenders to her parents’ wishes and plays the safe role of a ‘good’, ‘obedient’ daughter. Another important point to consider when comparing the two short stories is that the dictates of convention come from old figures like the grandmothers who remain the primary source of constraint, and even Munro’s parents refer to the grandmother for guidance seeking her approval in terms of gender roles. For instance, the moral power vested in the grandmother is evident when she says, “Girls don’t slam the door like that .. girls keep their knees together when they sit down”. Also she would eschew her granddaughter’s questions by saying “that’s none of a girl’s business”. Although the protagonist overlooks the instructions given by her grandmother and continues her rebellion
The film “It’s a Girl” is about gendercide in India and China. Gendercide is when cultures either abort, kill, abandon, or neglect girls because of preferences to have sons. Cultures where this is common favor males over females because males bring strength and wealth to the family or provide care for their elderly parents. Boys also take the family name and pass it on to their children. Another reason that males are favored is because of marriage traditions. A marriage tradition called dowry is where the bride’s family pays the groom’s family in property and other wealth. Families do not want to have daughters because they will lose their wealth and their little girl to the husband’s family. India and China are both countries where gendercide is a widespread problem and they both have different policies and cultures that attribute to gendercide. India’s culture attributes to gendercide and the government does have laws in place to prevent it, but the laws are not enforced. However, China has the One-Child policy which is the reason for gendercide in the country.
As a country, we have come a long way to reaching equality between women and males. During the 19 centuries women fought for their right to vote. When talking about gender, there are a lot issues that continue to be present until this day. Women had to fight for equality during the 19 century which lead up women in today’s society to have a voice. Despite of all the improvement close to gender equality, society still expect particular things from females and males.
Many conflicts arise in a relationship due to the difference of opinion between people. Society customs and rules also plays an important role in a relationship. The two short stories “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro and “Responsibility” by Russell Smith show how arguments and challenges are faced by characters in their relationships due to differences in their thinking and way of living. It is very important for an indiviudal to follow norms of the society to occupy a proper status and be accepted by the society. Both of the main the characters in each story have their own dreams and wishes but finally have to compromise with the rules of society.
It is important to teach children about gender roles since it is something that society holds in regards, but most of the time in literature it is done unequally. The portrayal of gender in literature is based off of the expectations of society and places bias on gender. Boys are portrayed as strong, adventurous, independent and capable and often play the roles of fighters, adventurers and rescuers. Girls are portrayed as sweet, naïve, dependent, sensitive and emotional and play roles such as caretakers, princesses and mothers. The roles of gender portrayed in literature are often a reflection of the views of society and do not offer objective insight. Even though it is important to teach children about gender roles, the fashion in which it is done in does not allow children to see beyond those expectations. If a young girl is constantly read stories about a woman’s role as a housewife, homemaker and mother, she will assume that’s what is expected of her and will not know society will allow her to be anything she wants to be.
Throughout the course of time, roles in our society towards gender has evolved. In the story Boys and Girls by Alice Munro relatively has a direct message which is the constant battle of gender stereotypes. The audience is reading through the point of view of the main character, which is a girl, and her frustration she feels. Through the young girl’s experience, Alice Munro is able to show the readers the role of stereotypes or expectations that a female has to fulfill.
Girls have to stand up against the rules decided for them by the male in our society.
On Mango Street, being a boy meant that you were in charge. Society expects that boys find a wife and get a job to support her and their children. This expectation also goes both ways, as girls
For girls, because their female role model who is their mother is always available unlike for boys who don’t not have as much access to the male figure in their lives (the father) because traditionally the father would be at
Overall, girls get poorer education than boys, and become less aware of the world around them. Therefore, they become dependent on men, whether it is the father, the husband or the son.