Indeed people nowadays are expected to behave in a specific manner based on

Indeed people nowadays are expected to behave in a

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our real selves in front of our families and it’s fine with them. Indeed, people nowadays are expected to behave in a specific manner based on their gender. Men are considered to be strong as compared to women, and this can be seen mostly in the gym. Women are being told to start weight lifting with smaller weight whereas, men are being told to challenge themselves by lifting heavier weights. I believe that the muscular strength has nothing to do with the gender; it comes within you. At a very early age, boys are being told to take care of the outside work, and they are being asked to lift heavy weights which is why they become strong over time. But when it comes to girls, they are being asked to take care of the home instead which doesn’t really require energy and there is no muscular work for them which is why they are not really strong over time. Similarly, when it comes to behavior, women are being taught to behave politely and if they are rude or harsh then they are considered to be a “bad women”, but that’s not the same case with men. Men can use harsh words and it’s still okay, and they can be rude to women - it’s no big deal (mostly in Asian countries). Besides all, people even have a mindset of some specific colors for a specific gender. We usually see women wearing colors like pink, purple, red and guys wearing colors like blue, black and green. This color stereotypes have been set into our minds
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Najam 3 ever since we were born. We can use an example of gender reveal parties; if the color is blue then it’s a boy, and if the color is pink then it’s a girl. These stereotypes are mostly observed outside the home, and there are almost no stereotypes at home. These norms are not really harmful but it stops us from liking different colors. Many people call boys “girls” if they wear pink, red or purple color which isn’t harmful physically but definitely emotionally. Speaking about gender stereotypes, men are being taught to be strong since the beginning. In the article, “Teaching Men to be Emotionally Honest” Andrew Reiner shares the results of his seminar. The results show that “Based on their [male] grades and writing assignments, it’s clear that they spend less time on homework than female students do” (20). Many boys don’t try hard because they don’t want to be known as a “nerd” and they think that the word nerd best suits the girls. They don’t even cry if they score badly because they pretend to be emotionally strong. In the same way, the male puts on a mask on their faces to hide their emotions because they don't want to be judged by people. Reiner discusses the emotions of men by stating that “Many young men, … compose artful, convincing masks, but deep down they aren’t who they pretend to be” (62). Men are so good at hiding their true emotions especially when it comes to sad moments. I personally believe that they usually do
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