Gender Roles And Specific Ways

1372 WordsNov 29, 20156 Pages
The idea of “boy clothes” and “girl clothes” is something heavily engrained in our culture. We often attribute certain clothing items or styles to be specifically for a girl or for a boy. Feminine dresses and skirts for girls and pants and suits for boys. Why is it that clothes hold so much meaning to them? Because of this much gendered approach to dressing, there has always been a strict limit to what gender can wear what. Gender roles and specific ways that each sex should act are culturally assigned to men and women and are reinforced by the use of clothing as they highly emphasize the qualities of biological sex. Fashion is something that promotes gender stereotypes of femininity and masculinity and this is represented in clothing, hairstyles, shoes, accessories and more. Clothing is essential to our identities and how people view us. It is something that is used to emphasize a person’s gender based on biological features. For women specifically, throughout history, the general erotic body parts such as arms, busts, hips and breasts have always been what is highlighted in dress (Marcangeli). These features are stressed because they support the social perception of what a women should wear or how the female body should look like. Feminine attire is how we stereotypically identify someone as a woman. Being “feminine” or having characteristics that contribute to the gender stereotypes and expectations that come along with being a woman. Traits associated with femininity
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