Gender Essay

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Gender Essay

By | May 2013
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Julianna Mullinar
3/3/13
Mr. Boyle
When are you going to become part of this gender-changing world?

In society, we like conformity. Most of us do not like change and we do not like people being different. So, when a person confides in another to tell them they are gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual, the “trusted” friend may get mad because they do not like “different” people. But once in Applebee’s, I saw a lesbian couple eating, laughing, and kissing, just like any other couple would. They were not bothering anybody. In another situation, a girl takes on a “guy’s” job with the same negative results. It all goes back to gender roles. Gender roles have been part of society for many years. Gender roles will never go away unless people change their perspective on issues like the LGBTQ community, women taking on men’s jobs, and how the media portrays genders.

A man is a man and a woman is a woman. This is the typical perspective that tells a person how a man should act and behave and how a woman should act and behave. In the 1950’s, most married women were housewives. They were supposed to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and the perfect “maid,” with housecleaning and cooking. In a sociology class, the teacher gave students a paper that had how a good wife should act towards her husband. It was from the 1950s. It was telling women how to act when her husband came home from work. Gender roles mostly make themselves appear to people from their parents. In the article, “Gender Roles,” it talks about how gender roles came about and where kids and others get and understand them. It says, “Many parents encourage and expect boys to be more active, to be more rough-and-tumble in their play than girls. A boy who does not like rough play (and so goes against the gender role he has been assigned) may be labeled a ‘sissy.’ A girl who prefers active play to more passive pursuits may be called a ‘tomboy’” (Health). Parents are the first example of the roles...