Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

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Gender stereotypes often come from many different sources; some of those sources are television, movies, books and society. We typically hold these stereotypes whether we know it or not, and it affects the way we think. Most of the time people hold themselves or their partners accountable for living up to these expectations. One of these common stereotypes is a male being the provider in the relationship. Traditionally speaking, we often associate the male figure of the relationship as the provider. Males are always stereotyped to ensure the financial safety and stability for their family. If he fails to provide for his family we assume the relationship is broken or failing. A providing male typically feels superior and according to Zuo (2011) research of the Effects of Men’s Breadwinner Status, a man’s breadwinning role has been viewed as a core part of his masculinity. Men 's beliefs are found to be strongly associated with the breadwinner status (Gerson, 1993; 1994; Izraeli, 1994; Wilkie, 1993).
For generations society generated the ideal image of a male partner, spouse or father, as someone who had a stable and successful career. This meant that their relationship and family would be happy and successful. Based off this stereotype men would have the pressure of fulfilling this commitment. Women commonly used this stereotype as a key factor when looking for a romantic partner. If a woman had found a successful male partner to support them, they typically felt secure and…

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