The society in which we are living has some set standards on which women and men are expected to act on like, how they dress, behave and present themselves.
Gender stereotyping is one of the sensitive topics of our society. Nobody wants to talk about it but participate. A stereotype is a widely accepted judgment or bias about a person or group — even though it’s overly simplified and not always accurate. Stereotypes about gender can cause unequal and unfair treatment because of a person’s gender and expectations out of roles related to a particular gender.
Gender Roles are referred to societal expectations on how we should act, speak, dress, groom and conduct ourselves on the basis of the gender we are born with. For example, girls and women are generally expected to dress in typically feminine ways and be polite, accommodating, and peaceful. Men are generally expected to be strong, aggressive, and bold. Though, these gender roles expectations vary from culture to culture. It’s just not only about the way men and women should talk or carry themselves but colors and places too have been assigned to different genders like pink is considered as a feminine color and in Hindu culture, women are not allowed to join males in the cremation ground and perform the rituals, etc.
Gender stereotypes are performed mostly everywhere what varies is, till how much extent. Somewhere they can be avoidable whereas somewhere they are very suffocating. Gender stereotypes restrict a person from pursuing some particular career or expressing feelings like masculine folks are not allowed to cry or show emotional feelings and for feminine folks, it is considered harmful to feel free, independent and an extrovert. There are some career-related issues associated with gender stereotypes as well like earlier, man was expected to be working outside the homes and women were the ones to take care of all the household chores. If a man showed interest in ‘feminine’ work like cooking or organizing the house then he was highly criticized by the people around or if some woman showed interest in stepping out and go to work, it was considered that the woman is stepping out of the ‘boundary line’.
Life would be much easier if gender stereotypes could entirely be uprooted from the system of the society and to some extent they have been but some of them still exist between us. Breaking down gender stereotypes allows everyone to be their best selves. Pink is the color for everyone, its reach is not limited to just small babies and girls. Men can cook and today, we have some of the legendary chefs being male like Vikas Khanna being one from India itself. Men can have their bodies waxed or they can get their brows done, it’s totally fine to enhance what they feel should be. Women can go out being all suited up and donning boots which they do in today’s scenario.
Let’s talk about gender stereotypes openly, even in front of the ones who practice it because things could get acted upon if people talk them out.
About The Author
Nikita is working with HawksCode Softwares Pvt. Ltd. She has been passionate about writing and been in the field since her schooling days covering a variety of topics like Patriotism, Friendships, Mother’s Presence, Movie Characters, Love, Life, Seasons, etc. Writing is on future cards for her and wishes to write stories that inspire people.