Gender Stereotypes Vs. Same Sex

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Did you know that if you are a boy and behave too vulnerable , you’re gay or that if you’re a girl and aren’t feminine enough ,you’re a lesbian? These are the ideas that are instilled by so many parents into their young children. Author EJ Craft wrote in 2013, “It may be OK, soon, for a woman to marry a woman and a man to marry a man everywhere in the United States. But it's not even close to being OK for a boy to like Barbies and sparkly pink dresses or to swish when he grows up--or for a girl to be so masculine that people nearly do a double take trying to figure out which sex she fits.” This statement is still true four years later. This statement by Craft clearly shows that children aren’t allowed to display their true feelings or interest…show more content…
EJ Graff wrote in 2013 about gay marriage rights, even though this is becoming legal “it’s still nowhere close to being okay for a boy to like Barbies”. This statement shows that even though homosexuality is becoming accepted it’s not okay to perform out of your gender role. “Rejecting gender variation turns out to be constricting, just as constricting as being confined by one that doesn’t fit”(Graff). This thought provokes the curiosity that if we don’t expose our children to experiences opposite of what’s considered “normal” they’ll feel confined, and won’t be able to understand or express their feelings. In 2017, the NC School system pulled a book from the curriculum simply because it was about a boy who liked dresses. This book was supposed to “help students recognize harassment and bullying and teach them what to do if it happens” (Mele). The book provoked the thought “that a book can turn someone gay, or transgender, or anything else is bizarre,”. This is why teaching our children about what it means to be who you are is important. Defining femininity and masculinity can be difficult but it is necessary for a child’s full development This all just shows how adults are the ones confining children to a set of gender specific rules ,and making sure that they aren’t exposed to anything…show more content…
This study reveals “the generational shift in terms of how young people perceive their own masculinity”(New YouGov). This study shows that only two percent of men age 18-24 feel completely masculine whereas fifty-six percent of men aged 65+ believe they are completely masculine. These statistics represent the fact that even though the standards of masculinity have not changed in the timeframe of those generations the impressions of the men 18-24 have diminished their feelings in that they are completely masculine. I believe that this study depicts that men of this generation do not feel they fit 100% in the role of a masculine
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