Gender Stereotypes

1352 WordsOct 9, 20176 Pages
I am a 5’5 180-pound African American woman by the name of Tyler. I am a walking victim of Gender Stereotyping. For as long as I can remember I have been stereotyped by my name and always have heard “Tyler is a boy name”, “I thought you were a boy when I heard your name” growing up my name was always questioned and people always would ask me the question of “why did your mom name you Tyler?” After 20 years of life, I am still faced with the question of “isn’t Tyler a boy name?” I am a walking Gender Stereotype. I have often come to even ask myself is Tyler a boy name or am I being gender stereotyped solely by name? Before I open my mouth, I am stereotyped by gender simply because of a name. My name is a small fraction that does not even…show more content…
Bobolts also pointed out that during the middle Ages in Europe, men were the only ones who wore high-heels. High-heels were looked upon as a “sign of masculinity”, depending on the height of the man. These examples show us that the things we use to define masculine or feminine traits are not so traditional themselves. Although many people believe that gender roles are still pertinent, there are many contradicting facts. Little do people know simply by believing that these roles still exist is a form of stereotyping within itself. A lot of times gender roles/stereotypes are mixed in with religion. Religion is considered as a personal belief or way of life, because of that religion can’t set the bar for these norms that society associates with gender simply because religion is accustomed to one person. Gender roles have been observed to develop as a person grows. Psychologist depicts how children develop gender typing by stating “acquire the values, motives, and behaviors viewed as appropriate for males and females within a culture is called gender typing. Children develop gender-based beliefs, largely based on gender stereotypes; the latter is reflected in gender roles. Children adopt a gender identity early in life and develop gender-role preferences as well” (“Gender Roles and Gender Differences”). Within our society, today gender stereotypes are very strong within
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