Gender Stereotypes In Society

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Are all blondes unintelligent? Are all Arabs and Muslims terrorists? Are all guys messy and unclean? These questions portray different examples of stereotyping that has always been in our society and are unavoidable. A stereotype is defined as, “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing” (English Oxford Living Dictionaries 1). Stereotypes are commonly emphasized on people of cultures or races; however, gender stereotypes also exist and have existed since the beginning of time. With gender stereotypes still prominent today, it has affected all kinds of people around the world including myself and Marjane Satrapi from her graphic book Persepolis.
According to United Nations Human Rights, gender stereotypes are explained 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 women and men”. Some examples of gender stereotyping are assuming females should be nurses and males should be doctors, or that a mother should stay home while the father goes off to work. Also pertaining to gender stereotypes, “Males are encouraged to enter jobs that require physical, scientific, or mathematical skills for they believe to be better at those fields, unlike women who are believed to be better at emotional skills, language, and humanities” (Jones 2). These stereotypes may seem harmless, but they have a negative effect on both
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