Sex Roles and Behavior.docx
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Stereotypes of gender more prescriptive than descriptive.
Woman: emotional/sensitive, nurturing, spatially & numerically
incompetent, less intelligent than men, physically weak/fragile,
vain/catty to each other, obsessed with shopping,
submissive/dependent/not leaders, polite/dainty, agreeable, scheming,
talkative, cook & clean.
Men: arrogant, macho, provider of family, aggressive, sports,
dominant, sexually driven (shallow/superficial), non-emotional,
predators, practical, handy, in charge (controlling/self-sufficient), ego
sensitive, no help, physically strong, can’t express emotions.
75% countries say women are submissive, superstitious and men are
Sex is biologically rooted so it works biologically (you are either one
thing or another). In our genetics.
Our social roles dictate the roles that women/men have played.
Since women have to take care of children (give birth, breastfeed),
they are tied to that role.
These characteristics limit the jobs we go into. We have an expectation
in society of what jobs people have depending on their gender.
Culturally dictated and evolutionarily based.
Media (TV commercials/ads), parents (dress the baby in pink/blue,
toys you buy Barbie/cars) & teachers telling us how we should act.
The more you move from the stereotype group, the more you move to
the other group. The less you are like a man, the more you are like a
woman and vise versa.
Gender can't be changed. If you are born as a woman you have these
Physical differences: body hair, strength.
Way more variation within a group (women are way more different
than other women than men and vise versa).
The difference between men and women is slight compared to the
difference between a woman and woman and man and man.
Culture says gender is socialized we learn it (to be
Children are like vacuums, sucking stuff up (what toy/color are they
supposed to like).
Model hitting doll then children doing the same thing (Bandura).
We learn from people (observation).
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