Tevis Marie Sharp
Psychology of Gender
Dr. M. Dudley
Breaking Gender Stereotypes
I would first like to point out that I did attempt to follow the directions. Unfortunately for me, the outcome was not all that successful and only further proved the notion that I could walk down the hall wearing a floppy bunny suit, and not a soul would care. Men are depicted as wearing tailored suits, having short, slicked back hair and perfectly groomed beards, if they have facial hair at all. A sharp dressed man, to steal a phrase, is something everyone wants. Women are seen as having longer hair, wearing make-up and revealing clothing usually in a floral design. If they wear jeans they’re seen as being very tight, very form fitting and typically riding low on their waists. Should a woman choose to put on a pair of slacks and immolate the man’s style of dress they are supposedly called out for their style and condemned; I did not see this. I took some time on Thursday the 2nd and dressed myself up. Seeing as I am incredibly uncomfortable dressing as a woman and do not even own a dress, skirt or anything revealing, I decided to dress as a male instead. I do this normally, but this time I was wearing something a more groomed just to see what, if anything, happened. I used a binder in order to cover my chest and put on a nice vest and a pair of slacks and proceeded to go about my day. I had a few stops to make before going to school and not once did someone appear to be taken aback by my appearance. More often than not, someone wanted to know where I got my vest. At each of the locations, I asked the person assisting me if they could determine my gender. Each one of them said female. This surprised me, though I continued on and asked; “What gave it away and does it bother you that I chose to dress this way?” In each case the answer was virtually the same: they didn’t seem to make any correlation to my clothes and my gender. The first woman had told me it...
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