Gender Roles in Our Society Are Based On Prejudice

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Oliver Tatum

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. It refers to the way a society encourages and teaches the two sexes to behave in different ways through socialisation. Whereas sex refers to the natural or biological differences between men and women, such as differences in genitals, internal reproductive organs and body hair. A gender role is the pattern of behaviour and activity which society expects from individuals of either sex-how a boy/man or girl/woman should behave in society. Gender roles may sometimes be referred to as sex roles.                                

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Are children born with a gender stereotype? I think it is down to primary or secondary socialisation, Nature or Nurture. Do children get their gender image from primary socialisation, from their toys, clothes, praise from adults and the games they play or do they get them from secondary socialisation, from the media, their peers, education and in later life employment

We gender stereotype in many different ways. We gender stereotype young children from the moment that they are born. We dress all little boys in blues and reds and we dress all little girls in pinks and yellows and ...

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