Gender Whether a person is male or female is determined by biological factors and they are born a particular sex. In contrast, whether a person is masculine or feminine is determined by social norms and customs that influence them as they grow. These social norms are thrust upon them from the moment they take their first breath and continue throughout life. The concept of the glass escalator helps explain how gender is socially constructed in the workforce. It will be shown that for men in the United States breaking these socially constructed roles of gender is difficult in their personal lives, careers, and amongst their peers. Even when a man chooses to break into a traditionally feminine career it is the social pressures from many sources that make this challenging. When a girl is born in the United States, she is wrapped in pink blankets, and given a pink, little hat. She is described as sweet, innocent, and beautiful. Her parents receive cards and gifts, from family and friends, that are decorated with images of ballerinas, dancers, and other aspirations that are considered feminine. In contrast when a little boy is born the blankets and hats are blue, the cards and gifts are covered in baseball bats and footballs and other masculine symbols and he is described as a bruiser and tough little man. The social expectations are thrust upon these little humans when they are just minutes old. As they grow and develop these gender pressures follow them. Girls are encouraged to learn to cook and nurture “like mommy” and boys are encouraged to help dad with the chores and be strong and dependable. Without a conscious effort these growing males and females are also developing into a social world that very strongly defines who and what they should grow up to be. Parents may not even realize the role they play in this social phenomenon, yet they do know that "My daughter, the physician," resonates far more favorably in most peoples' ears than "My son, the nurse." (Williams, 1992) and so they raise the child within those socially acceptable frames. As these males and females grow up they continue to find social pressures to be masculine and feminine respectively, in school, in sports and even in their homes. These gender stereotypes are reflected in all areas of their lives. By the time a man is ready to choose his career path there are so many social expectations that his options might feel limited by what would be acceptable socially. When a man decides to break through those barriers and choose a career path that would be considered feminine he may be met with resistance in his social life as well as in his career of choice. “For men, the major barriers to integration have little to do with their treatment once they decide to enter these fields. Rather, we need to address the social and cultural sanctions applied to men who do "women's work" which keep men from even considering these occupations.” (Williams, 1992) Once a man has chosen his career path and it is not a traditionally masculine choice he faces various challenges. He can be looked upon as a homosexual, or as wimpy, by his social group. On a positive note he may get hired more easily, because the employer may look positively on having a male in that particular career. Often times though, once hired, men are quickly encouraged to move into executive positions which are more socially acceptable gender wise. This is known as the glass escalator effect. “Instead of being a source of discrimination, these prejudices can add to the "glass escalator effect" by pressuring men to move out of the most female-identified areas, and…
Associate Program Material
Gender and Sex Worksheet
Answer the following questions in 50 to 150 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
What is gender? What is sex in biological terms? Are gender and sex the same thing? Explain why or why not? The state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). Wikipedia encyclopedia Gender is a person’s sexual identity, regardless of the person’s biological…
Performing Gender: Automatic Stylistic Analysis of Shakespeare’s Characters
Sobhan HOTA Shlomo ARGAMON Moshe KOPPEL Iris ZIGDON
Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University
recent development in the study of language and gender is the use of automated text classiﬁcation methods to examine how men and women might use language differently. Such work on classifying texts by gender has achieved…
Does Gender Really Even Matter?
The equality of male and female roles in the engineering field vary depending on all other variables such as; the type of work- rather it requires a lot of heavy lifting, experience and education in the field, personal preference among employers and what they are looking for in the field.
Most people would argue that females don’t get treated equal when they perform the same functions a male performs in his workplace. At the same time most people do not know…
The development of gender awareness is essential for sense of self and to conform into a
contributing member of society. In terms of evolutionarily, a male is to hunt, provide, and be a
bread winner; whereas a female is to raise children, contribute where she possibly can. Gender
identity can be seen as one of the earliest social categories that children learn more about
themselves and others. Once a child is born with a gender identity disorder, the biology gender
role is compromised…
Merritt Academy Gender Specific Committee
59900 Haven Ridge Rd.
New Haven, MI 48048
Does the universe have two different sex separations for every single thing in life? No, there’s just one group of children and adults, female and male. So, I do not think children and young adults should be in gender specific classes because students need to learn to focus with each other for future purposes. Also, teachers should be able to teach all students in a two gender environment.…
1 November 2014
Gender Discrimination in Sports Broadcasting in Today’s World
Woman in the sports broadcasting field has been a long and difficult road for many woman. Though it is still getting better in regard for woman having an easier and fairer time in getting into the field back in the 1960s women were a rare sight in the sports reporting world. Back during that time period if there was a woman sports reporter she was covering a female sport or…
does not finish happily for both of them unlike the usual fairytale ending. The movie (500) Days of Summer shows the switch in the traditional gender roles between the leading male and female character, Summer Finn and Tom Hanson.
Summer Finn, this seemingly beautiful and lovely young girl who has a rather blunt and unpleasant personality, breaks the gender stereotypes by being the more like the one wearing the pants in the relationship. She is originally from Michigan but decided to make a change…
The Problem with “Gender Roles”
December 23, 2011 By Libby Anne 76 Comments
Here is an excerpt from a comment recently posted by a reader going by the name JW. Since he asks his question honestly and politely, I thought I’d respond with a post in kind.
“In the articles I have read of various feminists I always tend to read some kind of grudge within. It is as if the world is terrible because it seems to ‘demean’…
April 17, 2012
"It is not gender which is destroying our culture.... it is our interpretations of culture which has destroyed gender equality"
-Cambodian civil society group
“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
–Plato, The Republic
There are many different ideas which define gender has many different qualities which have their advantages and disadvantages. Gender Inequality is one negative…