Dating gender stereotypes

People who believe in innate differences between men and women are not only likely to behave in gender stereotypical ways, but also find their relationships dissatisfying due to this belief.

Living by the ideal of differences only makes men and women less able to understand not just each other, but also themselves as individuals.

The movies we watch, the advertisements we are exposed to, the things we hear our families say and even the mythological stories we get told make us create specific traits (or rather, labels) that we attribute to each gender: Men are macho, excitable, ready to fight the bad guys, career-oriented, have a higher sex drive, must initiate any romantic interaction and so forth; and that women are fragile, vulnerable, pure, and (should) play a relatively passive role in any relationship.

Just do a Google search with the words , and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Apart from being severely regressive in general, gender roles are harmful in the context of romantic relationships.

Women are emotionally expressive and men are less so.

And if they do not conform to this norm, then she is heartless, and he is a sissy! Stereotypes sound like exaggerated, monstrous versions of the very well-ingrained gender roles that we all would like to agree exist for a good reason at some level or the other.

Because let’s face it, however progressive we would like to think we are, culture, society and history across the globe have reinforced beliefs that men and women are different species, function differently, and deserve to be treated differently.As the word ‘role’ explains, these norms dictate how an individual should think, behave and function, based on their gender.Gender stereotypes, on the other hand are inferences about men and women, that each sex is distinct from the other in a way that almost pits one against the other.Disengaging ”When these women experienced harassment,” Hust added, “they typically disengaged from the situation, whether that meant deleting an online app or avoiding boys in the school hallway.They did not feel comfortable confronting or reporting the harassment because they didn’t think they had the power to change the behavior.” Double standard, differing perspectives “Our qualitative data suggest that adolescents and young adults identify a pervasive sexual double standard in which boys are rewarded for sexual aggression and girls are shamed for sexual agency,” Rodgers said.

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