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Gender - Women have always taken a subordinate role to men in American society.

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Gender Women have always taken a subordinate role to men in American society. There has always seemed to be one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that apply to women. This is evident in the home, workplace, and all throughout society. Alix Kates Shulman said once: "Sexism goes so deep that at first it's hard to see, you think its just reality." That quote sums up perfectly the way our society runs. There is no class teaching children how to act according the their gender. Yet boys and girls learn at a very young age what is expected of them. They get ideas about their gender roles from their parents, their schoolteachers and subconsciously from the toys they play with and the television shows they watch. In many cultures, it is a matter of shame for a woman to conceive a girl, particularly if she has not produced a son. Parents in general, from the moment of birth, see boys as firmer, better coordinated, stronger and more alert, while girls are seen as smaller, weaker and prettier, even if boy is actually smaller than the girl at birth. ...read more.

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Also, Girls usually spend more time with their mothers and boys spend more time with their fathers. Therefore, girls end up doing "girlie" things like playing with make-up and helping Mommy make dinner. Boys do "manly" things like playing catch or helping Dad out in the garage. Parents often tell boys to "quit crying and act like a man" and hearing that enough over time makes boys think that it's not okay to show emotion. They also tell girls repeatedly to "mind their manners and act like a lady" and this is one of the ways that girls develop the feeling that it is frowned upon for her to speak her mind and stand up for herself. The toys children are given also have to do with gender stereotypes. In general, boys are given cars, action figures, and lego sets that encourage them to build, and explore things. Girls on the other hand are given Barbie dolls, and play make-up. This is basically saying that all that is expected of girls is that they become good mothers and wives and they look pretty. In essence, girls toys teach them to accept things as they are, and be ladylike and passive while boys toys encourage them to create and explore, never giving them the idea that there are limits to what they can do. ...read more.

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The 71-year-old chairman rejected them and simply stated "we will hold dear to our [club's] tradition and our constitutional right to choose and associate." Years ago there was the expectation that women were supposed to get married and stay home to raise a family. The man was expected to go out to work to support his family. If the woman chose to have a career, she was considered "barren" or "lacking in maternal instinct", and her partner was often considered inadequate, as it was assumed he was not a "good provider". Things have changed to some degree. Today there is more sharing of family and household responsibilities, and both males and females are working in less traditional careers. For example, we have both male and female nurses, firefighters, and engineers. Things will continue to change but it may or may not always be for the better . 1. Condry, J., Condry, S., (1976) Sex Differences: A study in the Eye of the Beholder Child Development 47 (1976) 817 in Fausto Sterling, A., (1992) Myths of Gender, Biological Theories about Women and Men, (p150) New York: Basic Books 2. Bland J. (2002) About Gender: Dominance and Male Behaviour http://www.gender.org.uk/about/10ethol/a4_mldom.htm 3. Devor, Holly (2001) Rereading America: True women and real men 4. 5. 6. 7. ...read more.

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