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According to the writers in chapter Gender Stereotyping And the Media gender stereotypes are harmful to men and women Gender stereotypes set impossible standards for men and women that lead to unhappiness loneliness and possibly violence towards themselves Stereotypes affect relationships between a man and a woman Moreover stereotypes dictate the behavior of boys and girls that lead to violence Rather than combating gender stereotypes our society reinforces stereotypes by passing them to the next generation and giving labels and names to the people who do not conform to the stereotypes Hence the dichotomy is that our society buys into the stereotypes that reinforce abuse while tying to remove violence from our societyTraditional female stereotypes rigidly emphasize the belief that women must perform the specific role that are assigned to them From a traditional perspective femininity is characterized by passivity and sumission Devor P169 Feminine characteristics of passivity and submission allow women to best fulfill the role of a mother and a wife Female stereotypes restrict women from choosing roles that are traditionally male such as a father and a husband The humor that naturally arises in this context reflects traditional patriarchal notions of gender As stated in Devors text In patriarchally organized societies masculine values become the ideological structure of the society as a whole Masculinity thus become innately valuable and femininity serves a contrapuntal function to delineate and magnify the hierarchical dominance of masculinty Devor P173 Stereotypical masculinity for instance is portrayed as natural normal and universal This is a masculinity within which women are subordinated and are compelled to conform to their traditional stereotypes as depeendents Collectively traditional womens roles as mothers wives and dependents limited women from having an individual identity in the male dominated world For example in Friedans essay The problem that has no name a woman states that the problem is always being the childrens mommy or the ministers wife and never being myself She is claiming that
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