Gender Roles

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Brandon young
Per.2
10/14/12

Gender roles in America
Although gender roles have changed overtime and males and females have become more equal, a certain stereotype of behaviors and tasks which are acceptable for men and women still exist today.
Men everyday are subjected to stereotypes because of the past men have had. They have had stereotypes like we are lazy, we all cheat, we don’t like commitment, and the biggest of all real men don’t cry. Not all men are this way though, i.e. me I don’t conform to these stereotypes I like being in a long term relationship, I do cry, I am not lazy, I haven’t cheated on my girlfriend. Yeah, some men do fall right into this stereotype but does the way of some men dictate the way others are? Like in the poem “Needs”-by A.R. Ammons, it tells what things men think about instead of their looks and weight, we would prefer nice hubcaps, a loud engine, and a 14 gauge stamped steel housing. Honestly most men think they know what it is but they really don’t. I am not saying that being a man is super hard but these stereotypes leave some of the “good” guys at the very bottom, yes I`ve had my far share of mess up in my relationship and everyone will, but when we do something wrong and people just say “boys will be boys” almost makes up for petty mistakes. And no man like being put down for his mistakes but how would anyone learn from them if we`re told not to do things wrong.

Women are just as subjected to stereotypes. Like women can’t do anything a man can do, women should be stay a home moms, and women should go for the “Barbie doll” look. Like in the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy “This girl child was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons”, to me this indicates that women from an early age will always be seen as a house wife and stay at home to take care of the children and to cook and clean. But out of men and women, women deserve more credit than men in our world women do...
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