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Do stereotypes exist to the same extent for men as they do for women?

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Started: 7/19/2016 Category: Politics
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I would like to point out that in this beginning argument, I will discuss gender roles for both sexes. As the debate progresses, I will become more specific. I believe in equal rights, but I am not a feminist. Last thing, I am a female making this argument.
For decades gender stereotypes have affected the way people interact with each other in everyday life, and these interactions are, more often than not, based on the stereotypes held by people in today"s society. One decades-old example is the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. These stereotypes can be based on emotional and physical interactions, pressure from family, and religion. Emotional and physical interactions can cause an understanding barrier between the sexes. Pressure from family can cause people to be uncomfortable because they think they cannot be themselves. Religions usually have specific ideas on gender that extend into everyday life. Gender stereotypes foster pride and prejudice in social interactions within modern society.
Emotions are often associated with females, while males are expected to be stoic in emotional situations. This can cause judgements to be made about a person"s behavior based on their gender. When it comes to showing feelings, females tend to be "dominated by their emotions" while males are seen to be "independent, self-assertive, and rational" (Spence and Helmreich 14). These stereotypes take hold in most parts of today"s society. Males are expected to be tough and show little emotion, while females are expected to have strong emotions towards most situations. Females are also assumed to be less intelligent than males. According to multiple studies on how strong influence can be for a person based on their sex, it was found that "females [are] more influenceable than males" because they are more caring and more willing to try to keep the peace (Eagly and Chrvala). This has just solidified the stereotype that women aren"t as strong or powerful as men. Females and males tend to fall on different places on the hierarchical ladder in today"s society. The expectation that women are in a lower position than men because men are "expected to have great power to influence others" than women tends to be strongly upheld in present society (Eagly and Chrvala). This stereotype has changed drastically over the last few hundred years, but still exists today. This provides a problem for both men and women as men who are employed under women are prejudiced against just as much as the woman in power. Society has a predisposition towards emotional stereotypes for each gender.
Physical interactions can be another barrier between the sexes. Men tend to be more physical than females in social settings; however this does not consistently prove to be true. Males are typically the "more aggressive sex" for most of their lives (Prakas and Flores). This can make social interactions with females complicated because females, on the other hand, tend to show more empathy towards others. The female brain has been shown to be more receptive to other people"s emotions than males. Females are, generally, "emotionally more responsive" than males throughout most of their lives (Prakas and Flores). This causes a communication barrier if people of the opposite sexes choose not to understand the other gender. This has been shown to cause problems as stereotypes arise about each of the different sexes. The "female characteristics of warmth, nurturance, and cooperation" are starkly contrasted with the "male characteristics of dominance and aggressiveness" (Prakas and Flores). This stereotype has been long-held by men and women about themselves and each other. These reactionary differences to physical stimuli can cause disconnect between people of opposite genders.
Familial pressure can also cause a separation of gender behaviors. The teachings of families around the roles of males and females can affect the future behavior of children living in that family. It can be found that the sexes are "similar in knowledge of aggressive responses" but are different in their "willingness to display" the aggressive responses (Prakash and Flores). This major behavioral gap can cause difficulties in social interactions between the sexes. Jane Austen"s Pride and Prejudice can be used as another example. In the novel, the Bennett girls have grown up with a mother that expects them to seek marriage before anything else at a certain stage of their lives. With a son in that time period, he would be expected to take a bride that is advantageous for him and his family. This has affected the way the Bennett girls view relationships and the way they view men (Austen). Social roles within a family can also be present. The belief that genders "link to various dimensions of social roles" causes stereotypes about the power gap between the sexes to be enforced in families (Eagly and Chrvala). These familial constructs can cause there to be tension socially between the sexes.
In addition to familial constructs, religion can also affect the way that the genders are treated within a social atmosphere. At the beginning of her novel, Austen speaks about marriage and reflects the view that many 19th century English people had. She starts off her novel with this line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Austen 1). The belief that a man must want a wife dominates the plot of the entire book. Sometimes, religious beliefs on the stance of each of the genders in society can dominate a whole area, such as a state or country. It can commonly be found that a society"s gender role attitudes are "sharply divided among societies based on majority religion" (R"der). The division on gender roles within religion can cause there to be a convergence of gender role attitudes even outside religion if the religion causing that attitude holds dominance in the area. A certain amount of expectation for gender stereotypes presently shows within religions as well. Religions "prepare children to perform expected behaviors" through their holy book or through parents (Eagly and Chrvala). Expectations for children"s behaviors can be another cause of social inequality and unrest. A major factor in the roles of the sexes within society shows through religion.
Expectations and stereotypes about the behavior attached to each gender causes social unrest in today"s society. Pride and prejudice, as Jane Austen suggests, can be found everywhere in today"s society and leave much to be desired on the front of social peace. Males and females tend to have pride in their own gender which leads to prejudice against the other gender. Emotional and physical behaviors, familial pressure, and religious beliefs all contribute to gender affecting social interactions.

Austen, Jane. Pride & Prejudice. 1813. New York: Dover, 1995. Print.
Eagly, A. H. and Chrvala, C. Sex differences in conformity: Status and gender-role interpretations. Unpublished manuscript, Purdue University, 1983. 4 May 2016. Web.
Prakash, Ved and Flores, R. Caeli. "A Study of Psychological Gender Differences: Applications for Advertising Format." Association for Consumer Research. Utah: Provo, 1985. Web. 5 May 2016.
R"der, Antje. "Gender role attitudes of migrants " The impact of religion and origin country context." Trinity College Dublin. n.d. Conference Services. Web. 5 May 2016.
Spence, Janet and Helmreich, Robert. Masculinity and Femininity:"Their Psychological Dimensions, Correlates, and Antecedents. Austin: University of Texas, 1979. Print.
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