Gender Roles Essay

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Social media and society negatively influence gender roles and perpetuates stereotypical gender behavior. These influences can be found in sports, school, the arts, and the workplace. No matter what stage of life a person is in they will continue to be bombarded by the harshness of stereotypes. However, between the ages of 9 and 15 people are at their most vulnerable state because they are evaluating the people around them and are able to see how media perceives gender roles. Although, men are affected by these stereotypes women are usually the main target for these stereotypes. Nevertheless, new studies show that women are beginning to step out of the stay at home mold and are being ...view middle of the document...

For instance, in the article, Gender Roles in Young Children, the author claims “from birth children are able to quickly learn a great deal of their lives have to deal with masculinity and femininity…nothing in biology” (Wikipedia Post). Basically, the author is saying that biology has nothing to do with how gender roles are influenced on children and that the factors that influence children most are the environment that they grow up in. I agree that gender roles are influenced by the environment a person grows up in because my experience growing up in a home that did not pressure me to do things I wasn’t interested in has made me the person I am today. Although, the environment a person grows up in is only a small part of what influences gender roles it is one of the key factors that leads to how people view gender roles.
Inequality has always had an effect on the world, whether it is slavery, segregation, gender inequality, or race. Media has always negatively affected situations. For instance, the sinking of the USS Maine in 1898 was exaggerated extremely by yellow journalism in order to arouse the American public and gain more readers. Although, the yellow journalists only meant to gain readers they ultimately lead the US into the Spanish-American War. This is only one example of how media’s perception and twisted view of something lead to the readers believing and conforming to their belief. If media is able to start a war it can defiantly be a factor of influencing gender roles. Media has the capability to influence everyone, no matter their age. For instance, many teenage girls are affected by watching TV, listening to the radio, and being involved in social networking. Teenage girls have been encouraged to act, look, and dress like Snooky, Paris Hilton, and the Kardashians because they see them as being role models. This is because everything these women do is accepted in the media’s eye, which therefore makes young girls believe they can do it also. Subsequently, a stereotypical teenage girl living in the twenty-first century believes, (because of the harmful effects of the media) that dressing scandally-clad, partying all the time, and not focusing on school is acceptable. Remember in the 1920s media perceived the average teenage girl to be innocent, proper, lacking focus on education and helping around the home. While both of these stereotypes are complete opposites they are both examples of how media portrays certain types of people and the captive audience follows. Gender roles therefore will suffer because of the media’s consequences. As technology grows the media will be ever more prevalent in the forming of future stereotypical gender roles.
Social media affects everyone but mostly teenagers because of their connection with each other through online contact. I view social media as being a different factor to the development of gender roles, because while media shapes the outside features of a person social media is what forms...

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