FOA 2k17 Cassandra & Miranda

How do gender stereotypes vary around the world?

So... what exactly is a gender stereotype?

Gender Stereotype:

overgeneralization of characteristics, differences and attributes of a certain group based on their gender

What are the different views?

U.S.A: It wasn't until 1940 that the colors switched and advertisers decided to just go with pink for girls.

Vietnam: Men take the women's last name.

Mauritania: Larger women are more attractive.

Saudi Arabia: It's common for male friends to hold hands.

What's universal:

  • Almost every single country symbolizes blue for boys and pink for girls, except Belgium.
  • Men and women (surveyed) from the United Kingdom, Turkey, India, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, Indonesia and the United States all believe that gender stereotypes affect there lives. (Many different gender gaps.)
  • Men = Tough and cool & Women = Sit still and look pretty

WHy do they still exist?

"...What women want is what men want. They want respect."

It's all become a heavy traditions, a universal norm. Just like every other problem/stereotype around the world, change either takes a long time or is almost impossible to create. If you think about it, actions are usually taken when there are benefits or it benefits both "parties".

Unit Question:

Does language reflect our world, or does it create it?

Course Premise

#6 The result of text analysis can include a variety of "correct" meanings.


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