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Unformatted text preview: assertiveness and ambition. Well what if a man does not
represent these traits? Does he deserve to be stigmatized as a result? I think not. Men
and women who do not conform to gender roles do not deserve to be stigmatized and
discriminated against. I and all of you know what types of social and psychological
disadvantages that gender roles can lead up to.
II. Gender roles oppress people.
Women are not only affected by the oppressive nature of gender roles and the male
orientated society that we still live in, but even sexual minorities also experience their
fair share of oppression as well. According to a research study that the University of
Tennessee conducted on gay and bisexual men, “gender role conflict occurs when the
internalization of rigid, sexist, and restrictive cultural messages about what it means
to be a man results in personal restriction, devaluation, or violation of self and others” ( O’Neil, Helms, Gable, David, & Wrightsman, 1986). In other words, men
experience discrepancies between their real and ideal self-concepts when they feel as
if they have failed...
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- Fall '13