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It is true that gender stereotypes have played a key role in the disrespect of women. The words like that have made women feel discouraged about their choices and career. They have been forced to be homemakers while men were allowed to have a career. A good cause for feminist criticism (or gender criticism) is that gender stereotypes have played a key role in the disrespect of women. This limitation restricts women from taking up other professions and forcing them to work in jobs they don’t like. It is hard to believe that these stereotypes push women into jobs they are not interested in. If women work hard, they can succeed more in their careers. Many women feel that being involved with women’s activities like cooking, taking care of their children is not a crime but an asset to make them feel closer to their families and husband. Many people believe and confirm that housewives are happy because of their roles and some think hold back their dreams or goals for the sake of their family.
Many women have shown their talent in many fields, which was not taken into consideration by many people in our society. If a woman is going to choose her dream career, she has to fight for it because of the gender stereotypes we have inside society. Today, in most parts of our life we see and experience gender discrimination where men are looked at as superior to women. Gender role is a set of expectations that a society or cultural group gives to its males and females. Gender stereotypes are generalized traits assigned to the male and female categories of a population. We often hear about this stuff like ‘Women cannot do this or ‘it’s not a job for women. If a woman proves herself in this industry then she is considered brilliant or some sort of a magician.
In today’s society, gender stereotypes have created hate for women in society which in turn results in disrespecting them. In many societies, women are thought to be only fit for household work, like cleaning and cooking. Not all societies think this way, but it is very common for people to make assumptions about the type of personality a woman should have based on her gender. All humans deserve to be respected, it is the right of every human. Yet gender stereotypes create hate for women in particular and make them disrespectful to people. Disrespect comes in many forms; such as stereotype threat in which a person is unconsciously threatened with something that could negatively affect their performance. Stereotype threat affects particularly women in the workplace because of their gender–a specific superiority-inferiority relationship between gender and success (Spencer & Steele, manuscript submitted for publication).