Society’s Gender Standards

Cooper, Robertson. “The Good Daily.” Yoshka the Google Dog and the Importance of Stories at Work - Robertson Cooper,

Cooper, Robertson. “The Good Daily.” Yoshka the Google Dog and the Importance of Stories at Work - Robertson Cooper,

Khaley Sills, Photographer/ Writer

         Do you think that society has different standards for each gender? Do you think that each gender has a specific person they have to grow up being, and then become?  I believe society also has a huge say in the way that males and females grow up. Each set of morals and standards can be different for the same gender, but when it comes to separate genders, each rule is severely unalike. The boy’s job, for instance, would be to grow up, become an athlete, and get all of the girls. The girl’s job would be to be smart, cute, and be the best person they can be. I feel that the bar is vastly dissimilar when it comes to males and females. Do you ever feel that you have a caliber to live up to?

         Growing up in a household, only split by gender morals. How do you think that makes children feel? Growing up in a society where only certain things are made for guys, and certain things are made for girls. The color pink, poodles, bows, and nail polish are made for girls. Tools, trucks, video games, and sports are made for guys. Gender roles are specifically society’s way of saying how each gender should dress, groom, smell, what we buy, and how we conduct ourselves. A girl playing football? It’s been done, yes, but many think that it is weird or just plain wrong. I feel that we should be able to choose who we want to become. Becoming someone starts with the way you are raised and the influences that aid you there.

         Some gender roles and stereotypes would be personality traits. A female is supposed to be nice and emotional, meanwhile, a male is supposed to seem confident and aggressive. Domestic reasoning and behaviors would be the work that each gender does. For example, a female is supposed to cook, clean, and do laundry. A male is supposed to do household repairs, work on cars, and do outside work.  Many are quick to assume that females take the occupation of a nurse, teacher, or assistant. While they also assume that a male is in the military, an engineer, or even a pilot. Physical appearance is one of the biggest things that many believe determines gender. Women are supposed to be thin, graceful and pretty. Men are supposed to be muscular, tall and fit. All of these stereotypes make children, of both genders, insecure and paranoid about what others think about them. Sadly, one of the biggest reasons for suicide is because of gender stereotypes, and them being bullied because they are not “living up to expectations.”

         “We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible” -Beyonce.  Gender rules separate this earth with a vast line. They are getting better, but I believe that we could make a change. Many people participate in self- harm, shootings, robberies, or even suicide. Most of this is caused by society, parents, friends and more shaming others for what they do, what they look like, how they dress and what they want to become. I think that if society had a piece of what these people experienced they would become more respectful of each person and the decisions that they make in life.