Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

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Roles are often assigned to boys and girls in accordance with the sex assigned at birth. We refer to these as gender roles. Gender roles begin to be imposed as early as birth. The nursery in the hospital assigns either a blue name plate for a boy or a pink name plate for a girl. These roles are continuously reinforced by family. Children learn at an early age that boys and girls are different. Children observe gender roles and in many cases these roles are eventually accepted as an unquestionable truth. This creates gender stereotyping which is defined by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as a generalized view or preconception about attributes or characteristics that are or ought to be possessed by, or the roles that are or should be performed by men and women. A gender stereotype can be extremely harmful and limit ones capacity to develop their personal abilities, pursue their professional careers and make choices about their lives and life plans. Shaping Gender Identity
Sam Killermann, a comedian and social justice advocate stated “Gender is like a Rubik’s Cube with one hundred squares per side, and every time you twist it to take a look at another angle, you make it that much harder a puzzle to solve.” The formation of gender is a topic that has been highly controversial in many scientific fields. Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex…

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