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Old January 22nd, 2010, 2:32 am
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Re: Gender: Roles, Stereotypes, Discrimination Version 2

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Originally Posted by NightWhisper7 View Post

Girls are allowed to be a little more masculine, though being heterosexual and feminine is still the expected norm. But guys get almost no flexibility. There are really strong gender rules for men, from what activities they enjoy to what they wear to who they spend time with and express emotion. I wish that all people could be free to express themselves without having to worry about backlash from others for not fitting into their gender roles.
I agree. I think the fact that men are not allowed as much flexibility as women points to the underlying belief that being a man is better than being a woman. Therefore, women wear pants but men don't wear skirts, women cut their hair short but men don't curl their hair, girls are encouraged to play sports but boys are not encouraged to play with dolls or other docile activities.

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Originally Posted by CowsRSkary View Post
I think that, especially at young ages, they are essentially the same. I think it is more a difference in a child's preference than a gender one.
I get what you're saying


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