Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

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Times have changed; gender roles are no longer clearly defined
Traditionally, gender has been defined as the state of being male or female but, recently society has begun to understand that gender is not the biological sex that you were born with but how you identify and express yourself. A persons gender can be male, female, neither, both or something completely different. People tend to see gender as black or white, or a box you can tick but gender does not have to conform to what our modern society understands.
With that gender, comes a set of stereotypes and roles. These stereotypes are usually given to the male and female genders. A stereotype is an idea or assumption about a person or group of people. These stereotypes can be negative or harmful and make people assume the worst of others without actually getting to know them.
Another idea that society obsesses over are gender roles. Gender roles are jobs assigned to people based on their gender. For example, women are expected to stay at home, cook, clean and take care of their kids whereas men are expected to work, and be the boss of their household. These expected roles restrict people by convincing them that they are not the gender they identify with unless they follow these roles.
Gender and stereotypes are both explored in the film Bend It Like Beckham and a text from the 1950’s titled ‘Marriage Advice’. Bend It Like Beckham challenges the roles and stereotypes in race and gender whereas the second text…

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