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It is shocking to realise that we find ourselves at the beginning of the twenty first century and women are still stereotyped in to the role of house wife and mother.

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English Language, Factual writing It is shocking to realise that we find ourselves at the beginning of the twenty first century and women are still stereotyped in to the role of house wife and mother. The labels may have changed but ask any man about his perception of the role of women and their answers will include: cooking, ironing or sex. In every stage of a women's life they are victims of different expectations. When a baby is born the stereotyping commences. Fancy pink dresses are the perfect outfit for a baby girl. Barbie's and dolls are typical girl present, but nobody asked the baby is she wanted to dress in orange or black or if she rather play with an action man. ...read more.


The expectations don't finish at childhood. During adolescence our personality is developed and reaffirmed. If a woman is very closed with a men she is called a "bitch" or a "slag", while a man is "lucky" or even "cool" if she has different sexual relationships. Sexism goes back a long way, and it was only in 1920 when women received the right vote. Even in adulthood sexism persists. Even though 54% of women achieve five GCSE passes between a* to c grades, compared to 42% of boys, but only 22% of woman are appointed to managerial roles. In part time jobs woman employees earn 60 pence for every pound earned by male employees: a clear example of discrimination. ...read more.


Society's expectations limit people's individuality and possibly their goals. A girl who has been "conditioned" into a stereotyped may never realise her real ambition. I'm sure that there are many women in society who are resentful about their lives and fell trapped. Few of them escape- there are few Shirley Valentines out there. A child's upbringing may change opinion about the sexes and may change the destiny of lives. If children are continually conditioned there will little progress. Although there has been some change in opinion and an increase of awareness, I still believe society has a long way to go. Until we reach our children otherwise, the stereotyping of the sexes will continue. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, " Be careful with the words you say; children will listen." Maribel Librero ...read more.

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