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Male Gender Stereotypes: How these roles affect our youth
Transcript of Male Gender Stereotypes: How these roles affect our youth
Defined as a set of attitudes and behaviors that are generally considered acceptable or desirable for a person based on their perceived sex
Three themes that make up male gender roles:
By raising children in societies that conform to gender roles, with fixed ideas about what should be considered "masculine", this can actually be detrimental to their physical and mental health
These roles and expectations harm every aspect of a man's life, including: health, relationships, & happiness. Since no man is capable of fulfilling all these expectations, men often develop "inferiority complexities and insecurities".
"I wear a thousand masks, masks that I am afraid to take off, and none of them is me"
~ Jill Zevallos - Solak
Males who strictly conform to extreme gender roles are at higher risk for mental disorders
Typical Coping Strategies
Abusing drugs & alcohol
Suppressing their feelings
As a child (under 12 yrs old): an expectation to be athletic (52%) & to defend themselves physically (51%)
As an adult (over 18 yrs old): a need to provide financially for others (64%)
As a teen (13-17 yrs old): physical attractiveness (72%) & sexual orientation (61%)
Effects of the pressure to appear strong
Boys learn that it is not acceptable to let other people know of their weaknesses & vulnerabilities
Ex: saying "sorry" is difficult for most men
Effects of the pressure to suppress emotions
When boys suppress emotions, they lose touch with their inner voice (needs & desires)
Effects of substance abuse
Substance abuse results in negative physical and social consequences
#HatchKids Discuss Male Gender Stereotypes
In order to break stereotypes, we must encourage mixed-gender playdates, and expand the range of activities for each gender. Reinforcing behaviors that challenge stereotypes and encouraging children to question all generalizations should also be enforced. Lastly, it is also important for adults to tune into their own biases and make sure they are not saying anything that might negatively affect others.
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