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During the existence of mankind, thanks to evolution, men and women have developed certain roles in life. Over time, the roles changed to occupations and professions, and with them came the so-called gender stereotypes. What is it and what is it eaten with? Let's figure it out in order.
The content of the article
- 1 The most popular gender stereotypes about men
- 2 Most popular gender stereotypes about women
Gender stereotypes are ideas about the behavior of men and women that are widespread in society. In other words, the opinion of the majority about this or that field of activity, and who belongs to it - gender stereotypes. That is, men are strong, and women are weak - this is nothing but stereotypes. A man is a welder, a woman is a teacher - also a stereotype.
The most popular gender stereotypes about men
The most popular stereotype about men is that for some reason they are always considered strong, with a steel character, capable of doing without any support, and in general, always going forward, no matter what. In fact, especially nowadays, it turns out that men show weakness sometimes more often than women. Yes, and every patience comes to an end, so representatives of the stronger sex still cannot do without support.
Another equally widespread stereotype about men is the general opinion that a man must be engaged in construction and work, and should not do anything around the house, such as cleaning or washing dishes. Fortunately, in modern society, this stereotype is increasingly fading away. This is primarily due to the fact that both partners in the family often work, repairs are also carried out jointly, and there is practically nothing to build in the city. This also makes it necessary to wash the dishes, clean the house and do other household chores, because a woman is most often also employed, she also feeds her family, earns money, which means she also gets tired at work, so nowadays the stereotype that men they just earn and build, but do nothing around the house, more and more are becoming a thing of the past.
All men love cars, get-togethers in the garage, fishing and hunting. This gender stereotype finds its popularity, again due to the way evolution has assigned roles. Since ancient times, a man spent less time at home than a woman hunting. The car is considered a kind of "friend" of men. Previously, it was a faithful horse or dog, and over time it became a car. Moreover, it is worth remembering what the boys played in childhood, and what the girls played, and the complete picture immediately emerges. And if everything has remained unchanged with cars over the years, then are the statements about a man's love for outdoor recreation so true? Previously, fishing was almost the most popular hobby of men, especially in areas rich in water bodies. But now, more and more men prefer resting abroad, on the seas or in the mountains, than "gatherings" on the shore of the lake,when mosquitoes bite from all sides, and a couple of crucians caught in the whole day splash in the bucket.
Men are avid video game enthusiasts. This opinion has become popular relatively recently, and this is due to the fact that most of the games released on computers and consoles are shooters, races, simulations, strategies, fighting games and other genres that are of interest primarily to the stronger sex. That is why you can see a girl at the computer several times less often than a man.
Another equally popular stereotype about men is the opinion that “the man should be in charge”. There was such an opinion from the most ancient times, where the girls had no right, and they did not decide anything. But in the modern world, women are a full-fledged member of society, therefore such shifting of responsibility for their lives onto men is wrong on their part. A man can and should solve the most important issues in the family, but this does not mean that he alone should be responsible for everything.
The most popular gender stereotypes about women2
One of the biggest stereotypes about girls is that beautiful ladies shouldn't be the first to meet. Again, this used to be acceptable, since women did not have the right to speak before men, so they humbly waited until he spoke first. But now many girls do not realize that times are changing, and the processes in life are changing along with them. Therefore, the motives of the girls who are waiting for a handsome guy whom they liked will come up to them are completely incomprehensible, and then they are indignant, why this did not happen, and why the handsome man did not pay his attention to them.
Women are weak. Such a stereotype arose on the basis of the rule of the ancient world - who is stronger is right. But at that time only physical strength was taken into account, which is completely not an unambiguous indicator of strength. Now some women are much stronger than many men, and even without bulging muscles, they can give odds to any representative of the stronger sex.
All women are cunning and cunning. This stereotype is directly related to the previous one, and is its consequence. After all, weak women could not take any steps in the open. If it was necessary to kill someone, then poisons were used, if it was necessary to get the favor of a handsome and wealthy man, then various tricks were used that helped to get his heart. In general, not much has changed in our time. Of course, not all of them, but many girls still go to various tricks, and in general are much more inventive in various tricks than men.
A woman should be able to cook. This stereotype is again associated with the role of women in the ancient world. A tired and hungry man came from hunting, brought prey, and the woman fussed over it, making delicious food out of it. And from century to century it is believed that any girl must be able to cook well in order to find a man. But in the modern world, when fast food cafes, food delivery services and other things that make life easier for the hostess are becoming more and more popular, it becomes less and less necessary to stand at the stove all day so that a man remains well-fed and satisfied.
Women earn less than men. This gender stereotype is a common cause of quarrels. It happens that sometimes a woman begins to earn more than her man, and at such moments ridicule and reproaches begin to pour on the man, both from friends and colleagues, and from his wife or partner. But it is worth remembering that a woman's success depends only on herself, on her luck and striving for success. So if it happens that a woman's earnings become more than a man's earnings, then there should be no misunderstanding, but on the contrary, one should rejoice in the fact that a woman can achieve success in the modern world, which was previously only the subject of secret fantasies.
Women do not understand the structure of complex technical means. This stereotype is especially prevalent in relation to cars for girls. And how many anecdotes there are about blondes driving, or blondes in a car service, is even difficult to calculate. Of course, in most cases it is easier for men to say why a particular spare part is needed in a car, but do not forget that most often the car is not included in the girl's sphere of interests, and she is not at all interested in the purpose of the driveshaft, just as men are not interested in the appointment of concealers. highlighters and other components of a women's cosmetic bag.
How to relate to gender stereotypes of men and women is everyone's business, but it should be understood that most of them are no longer relevant and are relics of the past. Moreover, one should not judge a person by relying only on stereotypes.