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Gender Roles in Our Society Are Based On Prejudice

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Gender Roles in Our Society Are Based On Prejudice The hypothesis, "Gender Roles in Our Society Are Based on Prejudice", means that the roles of men and women in society are all based on prejudice. Prejudice means that we are biased against a person based on very little or no evidence the. "Prejudice is an attitude. Prejudiced people might dislike people who are different from themselves and behave in a discriminatory manner, believing them to be ignorant or dangerous. The negative evaluations that mark prejudice can stem from emotional associations, from the need to justify behaviour, or from negative beliefs, called stereotypes. Gender stereotypes are the psychological characteristics believed to be differentially associated with women and men in a particular cultural group. Pan cultural gender stereotypes are the psychological characteristics differentially associated with women and men across many cultural groups. For example, women are often said to be more emotional and nurturant than men, while men are said to be more aggressive and independent than women." (By John E. Williams, Robert C. Satterwhite, and Deborah L. Best) What is gender? Gender is referring to the cultural socially constructed differences between the two sexes. ...read more.

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If you were to flick through a children's toy catalogue you would find that the back ground colour for the boy's toys would be blue or red or orange and the background colour for the girls toys would be pink or purple. This goes to show how much people gender stereotype in advertising. Children's toys themselves are also stereotyped because in the advertising of a particular product, like a car or doll's pram, there will be a child of that sex shown to playing with that toy. You would see a girl playing with the pram and a boy playing with the car. This is stereotyping because you get boys who play with prams and girls who play with cars. This continues into early education as I can recall form my days in reception at my primary school, we were given toys to play with the boys played with cars and the girls played with dolls. Stereotyping also took place outside in the playground where the boys used to play armies and the girls would play with skipping ropes and flowers. Most children have been taught these things by their parents or school teachers so this means that their parents or teachers are stereotyping. ...read more.

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They are as a housewife, when advertising products that are to do with cleaning, Hoovers, ironing and other household chores. This role reinforces the stereotype that we all use for women. The other role for women in the media is as a sex symbol, they advertise anything from cars to magazines. They often do this to tempt you to buy the product they are trying to sell. In our society today I think that children are born with a gender image but not a largely biased one. As the child grows elements of primary and secondary socialisation will begin to modify their views for better or for worse depending on which elements of primary or secondary socialisation changes them the most. It all comes down to the topics of nature or nurture. Nature is how you are brought up and nurture is the way your environment influences your upbringing. I also believe that that gender roles in our society are based on prejudice. As I have explained in my essay people prejudge others this is literally what prejudice is. You see people stereotyping every day and all stereotypes are prejudiced, these are often influenced from other people and other things. ?? ?? ?? ?? Oliver Tatum 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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