What would you look like if you were the opposite sex?

Our Society has a set of ideas about how men and women are expected to dress, behave and present themselves.

What are gender roles?

Gender roles in society define how we are expected to act, talk, dress, arrange and behave according to our assigned sex. For example, women and girls are expected to dress in a feminine manner and be educated, accommodating and maternal. In turn, men are expected to be strong, aggressive, and fearless.

Each Society, ethnic group and culture has expectations in relation to gender roles, but these can vary greatly between one group and another, and can also change over time within the same society. For example, in the United States, Pink was considered a masculine color, and the celestial, a feminine color.

How do gender stereotypes affect people?
A stereotype is a widely accepted bias or criterion about a person or group, although it is excessive simplification and is not always accurate. Gender stereotypes can lead to unequal and unfair treatment of a person’s gender. This is called “sexism.”

There Are Four basic types of gender stereotyping:

Personality Traits: For example, women are expected to be complacent and emotional, and for men to be safe and aggressive.
Domestic Behavior: For example, some people expect women to take care of the children, cook and clean the house, while the men are in charge of the finances, the car and the repairs.
Occupations: Some people quickly assume that those who are involved in teaching and nursing are women, while those involved in medicine, engineering or flying aircraft are men.
Physical Appearance: For example, women are expected to be thin and elegant, while men are expected to be tall and muscular. Men and women are Also expected to dress up and be stereotypically arranged according to their gender (men with trousers and short hair; women in dresses and make-up).
If you are in conflict with gender or gender identity and expectations, you are not alone. It May be helpful to talk to one of your parents or a friend, family member, teacher, or professional advisor You Trust.

 

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