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ITS HARDER TO GROW UP FEMALE In a society where women are taking on many of the traditional roles as breadwinners stabilizers of families and high competitors in the job market it is uncanny to propose that women still are not equal Women do not receive as many opportunities as men do By simply looking at the lives of young girls and adolescents the truth becomes all the more apparent Women are still struggling to survive in a male dominate world While young children sit mesmerized in front of the television sets their eyes behold many different scenarios that speak a million words As an example commercials for household detergents and Playschool kitchen sets are rarely directed at a male audience Most often one will view a June Cleaver type actor happily scrubbing away at the hard-to-get-out spot Her impressionable young daughter can be found eagerly trying to do the same with her play kitchen set Does this commercial not speak volume to viewers who have not yet defined the traditional sex roles Five to ten years later these young girls who have been conditioned by media and family as to the expectations involved in running a household will now be told to start planning a career for their future with expectations to compete for the male dominate positions Even though the nineties hold many more opportunities for women then previous decades the defining roles of women presented to young girls at an early age are difficult to ignore Its hard not to live up to the standards set for both sexes meaning boys will be boys and little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice The expectations that young women
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