Women Are Not Born, They Are What They Are Because Society Makes Them so

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Marlo Thomas ruefully said –“I wish someone would have told me that, just because I'm a girl, I don't have to get married.  “ Such is the sad story of all females. Society, since early centuries, has assigned certain attributes and behavior. While it expects males to be strong, dominating, and courageous- the breadwinners, it compels women to be soft, delicate and coy- the nurturer and caretaker of the family. Women acquire the identity of a woman over time, not just by nature and biology, but by a means of complex social and cultural process. “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl,” says Shirley Chisholm. From then on they, as are born into their bodies, get to develop in them, get the chance to get comfortable in their skin, get to ponder what type of woman they wish to project to the world, make mistakes along the way while being encouraged and molded by their families and society into their feminine gender roles. But, even though they get to muse over how and what they want to be, they have to fight every step of the way to assert their role in the society. Studies also show that children are exposed to gender stereotypes from the minute they are carted off to the newborn nursery in a pink or blue hat. As the children grow up, girls are given dolls and doll houses to play with so that they can comb the doll’s hair, feed her and change her clothes and shop for her. Wood and Eagley found in 2002 that girls are usually given gender-stereotyped household chores.

I have had a personal experience of what society thinks of women and what it wants them to be. There is a stereotype that women need to have long, shiny hair. I went to Cannaught Place with some friends for lunch. After the meal, as I was using the washroom to wash my hands, two guards entered it saying that they saw a man going inside. Just then a short, plump woman with boyish hair came out...
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