Gender Education

DEFINITION OF GENDER

Gender is social cultural and psychological characteristics that identify one as male or female in a given society. They are the biological differences that define man or a woman.

AGENTS THAT PERPETUATE GENDER DISCRIMINATION

  • Culture
  • stereotyping
  • poverty
  • illiteracy

GENDER STEREOTYPING

Stereotyping refers to a set of beliefs and attitudes not based on reality. Examples may include

Female stereotype Male stereotype
Gentle Rough
Caring Individualistic
Physically weak Physically strong
Less intellectual More intellectual
Submissive Assertive
Cannot lead followers in a Are leaders
household Heads of household
Gossip Discuss issues
Cannot make decisions Decision-makers

 

 

 

Other stereotypes may include:

Masculine should…… Feminine should…..
Be in control Be emotionally sensitive
Appear unemotional

Be vulnerable

Be dominant Submit to wishes of men
Be sexually active

Be dependent

Have many partners Meet needs of others before
Head the family

their own

Be the bread winner Be physically attractive
Avoid household work

Be tolerant

Be strong (resolve conflicts with violence) Avoid careers in mathematics and sciences
Be in careers mechanical and analytical) etc. Have children at the command of men etc



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