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Chloe’s Chat: Gender stereotypes

Chloe’s Chat: Gender stereotypes
  • On August 24, 2020

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

Sexism and gender stereotypes have become increasingly apparent in American society with the addition of social media and the internet.

With more exposure on the issue, people are discussing the many different ways to prevent and remove sexism from society, as well as the effects it has on the everyday lives of men and women.

However, sexism is deep-rooted and hard to dispose of, due to years of stereotyping genders into specific “roles” and discriminating on the basis of sex. Sexism and gender stereotyping affects the lives of men and women alike in a negative way that prevents the two genders from having both feminine and masculine qualities.

Gender stereotypes facilitate sexist behavior in American politics, the workplace, and in education.

First, sexism in American politics has caused an unquestionable gender bias of men over women.

Jobs in politics are primarily held by men, with women having little representation in comparison.

Women see this prejudice against their “femininity” in the workforce.

Women have been known throughout history as being less desirable workers in comparison to men. This is most apparent in the wage gap. Women make 82 percent of a man’s dollar after equal levels of education and experience.

Even if a woman or man were to pursue a gender-stereotyped job, they might be turned down simply because they’re perceived as the “wrong” gender for it, which influences their job decisions.

Finally, in school, a lot of children will unintentionally separate themselves by gender, making it so the boys play and eat on one side, with the girls on the other side. This causes problems because school is an agent of socialization for youth. So what kids learn while at school is what they’re going to stick to.

Therefore, sexism caused by gender stereotypes has infiltrated American politics, workforce and education. The two genders feel pitted against each other, like opposites of each other due to gender stereotypes and the idea of having “feminine” or “masculine” traits.

Although sexism seems ineradicable, there have already been many movements to at least try and remove the inequality that persists between men and women.

There are more women in Congress than there ever have been, the wage gap is steadily getting closer and closer, and there have been multiple online blogs and pages dedicated to gender equality, and supporting men and women who have both masculine and feminine traits.

Even though sexism seems like an even bigger issue now than it was hundreds of years ago, the inclusion of mass media has made the problem more widespread and has helped people to voice their opinions and concerns, as well as create support groups.

Hopefully, as time goes on, sexism and gender stereotypes will become obsolete in an egalitarian world.