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How Gender ROles Affect teenagers

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Daelle Shannon

on 15 June 2015

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Transcript of How Gender ROles Affect teenagers

First Things First
Literature Review (Secondary Data)
Taking a look a some studies, I came across some very interesting information. Gender roles for millennial women, seem to be evolving. About 42 percent of men and 39 percent of women agreed with the statement that it's better for everyone "if the man earns the money and the woman takes care of the home and children." That's down from 74 percent of men and 52 percent of women who supported traditional gender roles in 1977. Also, in recent study of 3, 500 teenagers, only 41% expressed interest in marriage.
Primary Data: Survey
For my survey, I handed out 30 surveys to high school students between the ages of 13 to 18+ (fifteen to girl and fifteen to boys).
The Results
After tallying my results, I gathered the top five favourite activities among both genders.
I was able to determine that gender roles are beginning to break barriers. Certain activities that were once deemed solely for a certain gender, have now become socially exceptable for both. However, if I was to do something different, I would definitely like to talk to more guys, and hand out more surveys to get more information, and I would like to conduct a proper experiment.
To begin my project, I had to confirm a research question. So I analyzed and looked at how gender roles affect teenagers, and a trend I noticed was that many teenagers have seem to have broken traditional gender roles. And then it hit me; my question was sitting right in front of me:

Have teenagers finally begun to break traditional gender roles?
How Gender Roles Affect teenagers
Gender roles are cultural and personal. They determine how males and females should think, speak, dress, and interact within a society or group. Gender roles often help individuals identify, but can sometimes be problematic.
My survey consisted of activites that were considered to be for specific genders. I asked people to rate how much they enjoyed them on a scale of one to five (one being dislike, five being like)
Then I asked them to take their top five favourite activities and list them at the end of the survey
For Girls: Netflix binging, going to Starbucks, Cuddling, Internet/reading/concert attending.
For Boys: watching Youtube videos, drawing, video games, hanging with the opposite sex, and CUDDLING.
I decided to interview some of the people I surveyed; two girls, one 18 one 16, and two guys one 18 one 17. I asked them what they thought distinguishing attributes for teenagers were, for each gender. In other words, I asked to stereotype teenagers.
The Results
Female Stereotypes: Bethany Mota, Tumblr girls, geek girls, fitness loving girls; love Starbucks, Instagram, Tumblr, Victoria's Secret PINK, Taylor Swift, flower crowns, Chipotle, Luke Bryan, make up, juice detoxes, kale, froyo, Ray Bans, top knots, Lush, Bath and Body Works, hair dye (ombre), fangirling.
Male Stereotypes: Kartell Beswick, Ansel Elgort, Channing Tatum, jock; love video games, sports/working out, inappropriate/penis jokes, snap backs, John Deere, Bass Pro Shop, drawing penis' on things, making sex noises, sexual innuendos in general, cars, Fast and the Furious, superheros, avoiding thought, f&*% boi.
A Step Further
I decided to then reveal some of the statistics from my survey to the girls, and guys. I revealed how 80% of the guys surveyed listed cuddling as one of their top five activities. Some of their reactions included:
"That's because it was the closest thing to sex, on there."
"Boys loved to be cradled like little baby bears!"
"Are you serious?"
"Why shouldn't they like cuddling? It's wonderful. I feel like this is why we shouldn't stereotype. People are like snowflakes. No two people are like, regardless of gender."
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