This article explains how the depletion of gender roles changes the way we think. It uses lots of statistics showing many things like 72% of women wanting more pressure in their jobs and 56% of men claim to do half the cooking in their homes. This article has loads of statistical proof that no gender roles change the way we think and do things in a positive light. In the book The Great Gatsby you can tell how gender roles influences actions and thought processes of the time. Even one of the key characters, Daisy Buchanan, symbolizes the american dream girl. Daisy represented how women should act and think. "She vanished into house, her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby - nothing" (149). "Though I was curious to see her, I had no desire to meet her- but I did ... 'I want you to meet my girl'" (Page 24) This quote shows the superiority of men. The female in the quote is referred to as "his girl", rather than her name. A major theme in the book is that money is the driving force behind women's decisions.
This video is a compilation of advertisements that depicts gender roles. It explains what roles are being portrayed and how the media uses this to sell products. We are constantly being influenced by gender roles and is very counter productive to stopping these stereotypes.
This Russian ad begins with a little girl getting up on stage in a pretty dress to sing a traditional Russian song about what girls are "made of." The song describes little girls as made of "flowers," "gossip" and "marmalade." However, some of Russia's well-known female athletes appear and inspire the girl to start singing about girls being made of "iron" and "punches and bruises" as the audience begins to become concerned. It ends with the little girl preparing to kick a soccer ball into a goal.
Gender stereotypes are so ingrained in our culture they are even part of the language. The expression "like a girl" is often used as an insult to tease somebody who is weak, over-emotional or useless. Always created a social experiment, casting young women and men, boys and girls. They asked them to do things "like a girl", for example to run or fight "like a girl". Women, boys and men behaved in a silly and clumsy way, acting out the insulting stereotype. But adolescent girls reacted completely differently. They ran and fought as hard as they could, with confidence and pride. They had not been influenced by the "rules" that define woman. For them, doing something "like a girl"’ meant doing it as best as they could.
This article explains what the gender roles are today and how they affect our youth in a negative way. It talks about how gender roles impacts the relationship between male and female at an adolescent age. Explaining the perception that men are "the dominant sex" and women are "vulnerable" and how this stereotype influences how people act and think. Men have the dominant stereotype and because of this they tend to think of themselves better and in control of women. Women are shown as vulnerable and helpless. Gender roles make it seem like women could not live without the help of a man. In "The Great Gatsby", Daisy falls into this role and hopes her child falls into this role too. If she doesn't, Daisy doesn't think she'll make it in the world. " I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool – that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. '" (17).
This article explains how gender roles actually made relationships very functional, but at a cost. Before the push of gender equality, relationships were "clear-cut". Two people knew what to expect from a relationship, men provide, women watch the kids and clean the home. The catch for this gender role relation was there that was no freedom. Women were bound to a house and men were stuck with the same job for the rest of their lives. The article explains how lucky we are today and how we do not have to follow these rules. The requirements for a relationship are no longer how good of a cook you are or how well you can provide. Today, it's all about communication. Couples are now able to speak openly about situations and each other to solve a problem. The character Myrtle from the Great Gatsby shows the mind set of gender roles of the time. She's bitter that her husband is poor and can not provide for her. “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out. ‘oh, is that your suit?’ I said. ‘this is the first I ever heard about it.’ But I gave it to him and then I lay down and cried to beat the band all afternoon.”(34).