Blue is for Boys
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Stereotyping is common among kids, teens, and young adults. Even adults are included in stereotyping, sometimes they even include themselves. Gender stereotyping is the most broad type of stereotypes. One popular gender stereotype is that girls like pink and flowers and boys like blue and dinosaurs. This creates an expectation for each gender. When parents find out their child’s gender they will immediately pick one of the two colors. For example if a couple is having a son, it is common that they will paint the room blue. Although stereotyping is all too common, it is not ethical.
Women are told what they have to be according to stereotypes. According to healthguidance.org’s article, “List of Gender Stereotypes,” women are supposed to have clean jobs and always be the assistant. Young girls are taught that, once they start a family, they are to stay home and take care of children while their husband goes and “brings home the bacon.” You see this influence when kids play House together. The girls who play the mothers and wives stay home, cook, and watch the kids, and that’s exactly what society has said women should be. There has been so much influence in media that women are not “feminine enough” if they have technical skills or show any signs of masculinity. One of the biggest female gender stereotypes is that we should be pleasing to look at. Female gender stereotypes are very strict as well as noninclusive.
Men in the world are also put to stereotyping. One major stereotype is that men don’t do work in the house. People of healthguidance.org asked many parents, and the parents admitted to not teaching their sons household chores like washing the dishes. Another large one is that men love the outdoors. Men are the ones who go hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting. According to stereotypes, men are more technical, higher level people. Men are considered to be more dominant people. Males are also the ones who are in politics, not women. Men are put into a box of how to fit in with society.
People who aren’t necessarily straight have their share of stereotypes, as well. It is a common idea that you can assume someone’s sexuality based on their clothes, personality, and physical self. The website, algbtical.org , has this down to the detail under the section, “Stereotypes.” However, it is very difficult to accurately guess someone’s gender identity and or sexuality. Lesbian women are commonly stereotyped as boyish women with a tendency to be more technical. Gay men are thought to be flamboyant, fashionable, and feminine. It is also thought that gay men are more prone to sexually transmitted diseases. Disregarding how statistically true that may or may not be, many gay men are excluded from participating in certain activities, due to straight men not knowing about how accurate a “fact” may or may not be. As you can see, gender stereotypes aren’t the only widely known type of stereotype.
As popular as stereotyping is, it is inhumane. Men and women of all sexualities are all stereotyped. Men are told to be strong, brave, and technical. Women are supposed to be beautiful, assistive, and caretakers. Gay men are assumed to be outgoing, confident, and feminine. Lesbian women are presumed to be boyish and more technical than the stereotypical women. There are many different stereotypes for each different person, all urging each and everyone one to flee away from being unique.
Information courtesy of:
Brewer, Holly. “List of Gender Stereotypes.” healthguidance.org, Health Guidance
Mitchell, Jason. “Gay Myths and Stereotypes.” bgiok.org.uk, Registered Charity; Outline