These struggles are hardly far from over. American Gender roles and sexism can be defined as a social identity consisting of a role a person is to play because of their sex. There is a variety in male and female roles, making it impossible to define gender by the term male and female. Gender is defer significantly by culture to culture. Anthropologists conducted studies to ascertain the range of behaviors that have developed to define gender and their forces at work in the creation of these roles.
122 As a process, gender creates the social differences that define “woman” and “man.” In social interaction throughout their lives, individuals learn what is expected, see what is expected, act and react in expected ways, and thus simultaneously construct and maintain the gender order pg. 123 As part of a stratification system, gender ranks men above women of the same race and class pg. 123 The dominant categories are the hegemonic ideals, taken so for granted as the way things should be that white is not ordinarily thought of as race, middle class or men as a gender. The characteristics of these categories define the Other as that which lacks the valuable qualities the dominants exhibit. Pg.
I feel that our concepts of gender and sex contribute to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity. I feel that we look at males in one light and females in another, we all at some point expect men to be the ones that are tough, and brave and look at women as being emotional. When it could be the other way around. There are still those who feel that women should be home makers and not working to where men should be out bringing home the bacon. Do our concepts of gender and sex contribute to our understanding of sexual orientation?
Herland, Gender Expectations in Society The cultural and social setting affects the acceptance of gender expectations is a society. The role that men and women play in society is influenced by the expectations of each and is formed over time. Traditions are created and are difficult to transform when there needs to be adjustments in these beliefs and philosophies. Different societies view women and men’s roles in various ways. Although fictional, in the book Herland, the men arrive in a different society and each man responds in different ways to what they perceive as foreign culture, “there was no accepted standard of what was ‘manly’ and what was ‘womanly’” (Gilman79).
Is it fair for women to have the same rights as men? Some people would think so. Some cultures have strict rules where the women are not allowed to play the roles of men. Sometimes there is a society that men actually play the role of a woman. Just depends where in the world you live.
Sexism is defined in our textbook as any attitude, action, or institutional structure that subordinates a person because of his or her sex. What this is basically saying is that someone who is sexist will think differently and act negatively towards the opposite sex. Sometimes an individual can be sexist towards their own sex. Most western societies have minimal sexism and more racial hostilities. In other parts of the world sexism is more prominent because males have dominant roles over women and therefore look down upon them.
“Feminists can produce a positive stereotype, considering that women work just as hard as a man, inside and outside of the home. It’s unfair that women who participate in the feminist movement are accused of being butch or trying to live in a “man’s world”. They are not trying to live in a man’s world; they just want to co-exist be equals, not dominant, like men feel they need to.” Sanbonmatsu, K.
Jose Martinez GWS 210 Professor Keys 3/5/12 Gender Norm Violation Project Introduction Gender roles are changing in American society as men and women broaden their interest and activities. “It is now widely accepted that gender is a social construction, that sex and gender is something is all of us ‘do’,” says Lucal (Spade, Valentine p.22). As it is more accepting for women and men to take on roles of the opposite gender, it's still common to see certain norms violated. Gender norm violations can either transform the way in which we categorize ourselves or can hinder our progression towards equality. Thus the only way to test the direction society is heading to is by testing the norms we necessarily shouldn't partake in.
Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice 2600.001 Social Construction is a norm that is created by society to persuade females and males into what occupations, groups, accessories, and ways of lifestyle that are accepted and what is not accepted by society making them outcasts. There are also standard implications for racial groups that divide race into perspective groups as well. Another contributing factor is class, people from a certain class level stay within their group and it is difficult to overcome the social norm and ascend the ladder of the classes. Our analysis of diversity issues created by the social norm of the people was in the aspects of the clothing, media, occupations, athletics and literature. There is an implied social
Sohib Shafqat 12/6/14 Essay: Gender Roles The term “gender role” refers to society’s concept of how men and women are expected to act and behave. These roles are created by society and are based on norms or standards. In most cultures men are seen as the dominant or superior sex, while feminine roles are associated with passivity, nurturing, and subordination. Most people alternate their actions according to how they think society would judge them and unwillingly allow society to influence their actions, however in reality they know they are much more capable to exceed out of society’s norms, but are too afraid to be seen as different. However, a person with a strong sense of self would do things he believes are right and not just what people see are