“Gender: Balance in Human Society”
Gender defines an individual whether it be a human or any other organism since birth. Although, we refer to gender and sex analogously, the two words are rather very different, with gender defining the accepted norms and roles of males and females in society and sex signifying whether the individual is a male or female. In my opinion its a word created by us humans to rise a discrimination between men and women but in the natural sense the words the word should just signify whether the organism is male or female. In humans one little DNA code difference can completely change the offspring’s life forever. If fetus DNA chromosomes read XX then it’s female and if chromosome pair is XY then it’s male. On the micro level that’s the only distinction between men and women but in reality it turns out to be a huge difference. We live in a society where a child’s life varies based on its gender. If it’s a boy his upbringing will be different than a girl. It’s a fact that we have all taken for granted and have accepted it without really questioning ourselves. We have associated long hair, good looks, household work, cozy environments, fashion sense, cooking sense all with females. While all the dirty work like playing in the mud, living in rather rough environments, violent sports has been associated men by describing the aforementioned activities as manly. This distinction between male and female is not innate in children; in fact it’s acquired by them throughout their formative years. The media, commercials, schools… all play a significant role in creating this gender disparity amongst the children since birth. For instance if we a parent conceives a baby boy then they decorate his room with toys like cars, trucks, toy guns, action figures, and sports equipment, and they even dress the boy in clothes symbolizing such toys. If a girl likes to play with these ‘masculine toys’, they are frowned upon and deliberately taught to play with dolls, kitchen-sets. So, since birth we program the boys to become future soldiers fighting for the country, to become race-car drivers and professional athletes. While girls on the other hand are programmed to be kind and caring and become good mothers and housewives or go into professions such as nursing, modeling, or fashion. In his essay, “Being a Man”, Paul Theroux states “Just as high school basketball teaches you how to be a poor loser, the manly attitude towards sports seems to be little more than a recipe for creating bad marriages, social misfits, moral degenerates, sadists, latent rapists, and just plain louts” (439). Theroux, through his rather aggressive language hits the ‘bull’s eye’ in conveying his point that the widely accepted gender roles, are the sole culprits in causing pain and misery in the lives of most men. And, the interesting fact about this distinctive nurturing of boys and girls is that it’s not unique to any given culture; in fact it’s prevalent in all cultures and this something for us to ponder upon. When humans came into existence as nature dictates there was a female and there was a male so that together they can reproduce and further create more human beings. So my theory on the stereotypical roles of men and women in our society is that since women were the ones who gave birth and nurtured babies since dawn of humanity their role of nurturing has been promoted and thus women were asked to stay indoors, prepare food, look after the kids and look presentable at the same time so that their male partners are attracted towards them and mating continues. From the hunter-gatherers time period men would have gone out hunting in search of food and asked the women to take care of the children, so they would have passed on these values to their children, thus given rise to the gender distinction present till date in human society. Even in the modern era, the general role of men and women is that men will be the breadwinners in the family...
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