Gender Roles And Its Effect On Society

1278 Words Apr 13th, 2016 6 Pages
From the moment we are born we are put into one of two categories, boy or girl. We are never asked or considered to be anything but. No in between, no blurred lines. And because of the society we created, we attach extensive stereotypes to each of those genders. This is simply known as gender roles, or more specifically; “a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex”. This includes all kinds of stereotypes, like, that women should stay home, cook, and be “girly”, and that men need to be strong, the sole provider of the house, and “manly”. Not to say you can’t be those things, but those roles can be very constricting for most of the population. Gender roles can be so restricting that they affect our lifestyle, workplace, and mentality and self image.
“Pereira observed both boys and girls regulating their behavior in potentially harmful ways in order to adhere to gender norms.”(Culp-Ressler) Gender roles can make anyone who strives for that “ideal” lifestyle have a very demanding and oppressive life. What I mean by this is that, the “perfect” life we envision, even if it isn’t what we want, it makes us feel like we have to fulfill those roles. Now, everyone feels and deals with things differently. With the gender roles that girls need to be skinny and pretty and guys need to be strong and tough, it gets to kids and can affect them for the rest of…
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