Society expects us to behave in a particular manner based on our gender. Certain rules are set and bound to be followed by each gender. I wonder why they didn’t notice until a recent study that these fixed rules are killing the confidence of many people, mostly women. Gender stereotypes are holding back women from accomplishing their best and this is the harsh reality.
A recent study shows that Gender Stereotypes hold back women from taking up new challenges. Women question their abilities and tend to restrict themselves to the frame society has provided them. When we look at the situation of most women around us, the above statement proves to be true.
What are Gender Stereotypes?
When children are born, they are expected to perform the role based on their natural gender. Gender Stereotyping is said to be the overgeneralizing of the characters and differences of a group based on gender. We emphasize gender stereotype behaviour in numerous ways.
* Girls are expected to play with dolls and boys with cars. This is the reason why they are given toys based on their gender. See, we start creating differences from the time the child is born.
* Pink is supposed to be a feminine colour and Blue is associated with masculinity. Who started this trend?
* Women have come a long way in trying the outfits that were considered to be for men only. Men, on the other hand, are not given the liberty of hacking women’s wardrobes.
* Crying is exclusively for women who are considered the weaker sex. Men are not supposed to cry because they are strong! Wow, emotions should be in sync with how society thinks and not how you feel.
How Gender Stereotypes Kill Confidence of a Woman
In our homes, men and women do different roles based exclusively on gender. The gender roles make one gender feel hesitant to cook in the kitchen and you know who it is. The fairer sex gets the responsibility of the household including the kitchen. Today, when both men and women work to earn, the age-old tradition of women doing all the household chores makes things difficult. The stereotypes are restricting the path of progress for women.
1. Women shy away from taking up new challenges
Women are repeatedly told to be submissive and quiet as this would make them complete. They shy of taking up several challenges because of society’s unjust expectations from them. Many women can’t nourish their talent because of weird Gender Stereotypes.
2. Women start doubting their capabilities
Since women are restricted from trying many fields, they start doubting their capabilities. There’s a loss of confidence that hinders the progress of women. You can see how Gender Stereotypes and confidence and interrelated. I think we should stop categorising toys, games for boys and girls, the rest will automatically be sorted.
3. Gender Stereotypes put women in the weaker belt
Women are considered weaker than men and hence not considered suitable for many jobs. Physical differences are understandable but when there’s another disparity like the different payout for the same work, it hurts the confidence of women.
4. Women paid less than their male counterparts
Women are paid less than their male counterparts because they are supposed to bring lesser benefits to a company. It’s a misconception that is here because of the hyped gender stereotypes. All of us are responsible for the he-she gender stereotypes but women themselves are more liable to be blamed.
I agree that men are also affected by gender stereotypes but women are at the ultimate end of receiving repercussions. Women are deprived of freedom, choice of work, choice of dressing up, choice of speaking up, and many other relevant choices that they find good for themselves. They control their craves and intentions to keep society norms intact; sadly the same control squeezes the bubbling confidence out of them.
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