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Gender Stereotypes
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Posted 9/4/12
If you are interested in developing that opinion a little further though, you should start looking up the differences fundamentally between female and male brain structures. There's a part of the male brain that gets completely destroyed during the second trimester (I think) by a jet of testosterone, and it separates the right/left sides much further in male brains. Leads to a lot of the cognitive differences you see between the genders... it's interesting stuff.
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I have never really fit the gender stereotypes and roles that are associated with the gender I was born with. Poor athleticism, easy to cry, freaked out by spider and other creepy things, I took pride pride in my hair et cetera. My mom doesn't quite fit those either. She's quite the super mom to me. Tomboyish, in good shape, strong, made sure I got my homework right, was the person every guy challenged to arm-wrestling matches (my coach was always ready) back in high school, and that list goes on.

Oh, on a related note, this was linked to an article I read: http://artofmanliness.com/2012/07/29/bosom-buddies-a-photo-history-of-male-affection/.
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MopZ wrote:

I have never really fit the gender stereotypes and roles that are associated with the gender I was born with. Poor athleticism, easy to cry, freaked out by spider and other creepy things, I took pride pride in my hair et cetera. My mom doesn't quite fit those either. She's quite the super mom to me. Tomboyish, in good shape, strong, made sure I got my homework right, was the person every guy challenged to arm-wrestling matches (my coach was always ready) back in high school, and that list goes on.

Oh, on a related note, this was linked to an article I read: http://artofmanliness.com/2012/07/29/bosom-buddies-a-photo-history-of-male-affection/.


I hate spiders, I'll stomp everyone of them suckers I see. Eight eyes dude, it's not right >.<
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deejayvee wrote:


MopZ wrote:

I have never really fit the gender stereotypes and roles that are associated with the gender I was born with. Poor athleticism, easy to cry, freaked out by spider and other creepy things, I took pride pride in my hair et cetera. My mom doesn't quite fit those either. She's quite the super mom to me. Tomboyish, in good shape, strong, made sure I got my homework right, was the person every guy challenged to arm-wrestling matches (my coach was always ready) back in high school, and that list goes on.

Oh, on a related note, this was linked to an article I read: http://artofmanliness.com/2012/07/29/bosom-buddies-a-photo-history-of-male-affection/.


I hate spiders, I'll stomp everyone of them suckers I see. Eight eyes dude, it's not right >.<


...And the feeling when they crawl on your skin.

I remember getting poisoned by one or some other crawly, and I had this red line going up my arm. It's a pretty hazy memory now.
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Nuts I was hoping this would be a discussion about gender stereotypes in anime...but it's one about real life...boo.
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RPPuzzle wrote:

Nuts I was hoping this would be a discussion about gender stereotypes in anime...but it's one about real life...boo.


Those can enforce the ones in real life, so I think it's okay to add the stereotypes you see in media into the discussion.
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Posted 9/6/12

deejayvee wrote:

There are some genuinely smart people on here, and I would really like to know what you think


thanks. i'll take that as an indirect comment.

and when people say that guys being gay is wierd, but girls being gay is hot. iv'e even heard that from girls >_>
(don't get me wrong though, i'm not gay or something.)
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I don't see that as much of a stereotype though, more of a personal preference, I'm straight, I'd prefer to see two women kissing, then two men, not that I'm bothered by the sexuality, it just doesn't appeal to me.
Posted 9/6/12

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RapeMonster wrote:


MikiSayaka wrote:


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You're not really asking that question are you? In the old hunter and gather days men were stronger and can beat the crap out of women, which one reason men are seen as more "superior" and women, weak. They bring the meat home and women brought grapes and twigs. Men ruled countries, men conquered, scientific discovery were mainly by men. The only female figures I know is Ada Lovelace and Queen Elizabeth...I I


And so the troll strikes again.
You're so cute, here -feeds the troll some grapes-
How about doing some real criticizing instead of just calling me a troll to justify throwing away my whole point.


Okay, I'll satisfy your troll with a response since you asked so kindly. You're comparing this to the hunter and gather days, right?
Tell me the last time you went in the woods with a spear, killed a dear, ate it, and lived in a cave.
Times are changing.
We have technology now, we have higher standards of living.
Most men wouldn't be ABLE to survive back in the hunt & gather days as they did back then.

Back then
Women were RAISED to be nothing more than used for breeding purposes, that's all they were in that society.
Men were nothing more than savages that pounded their chests, grunted, and killed stuff. Dumb, mindless, animals.
If you were to go back then, one of them would go alpha on you and crush your skull for being pathetic in terms of THEIR society, most likely.
THAT society is ENTIRELY different from society now.

And it's not that women weren't always equally smart, they were. Always have been. They were just restricted and not listened to.
How about you do a google search for famous female scientists? Female writers? Female inventors?
There is plenty.
It's just now they come up far more because there isn't the stupid gender barriers that men wanted to keep up.
And let's face it, the men only wanted them there because they were AFRAID of losing the upper hand.


I wasn't arguing which gender is better, I was answering why there are gender stereotypes. No, there are still gender barriers. And no, there isn't equality because women are still are not able to do things men can, it's probably less obvious for someone living in a liberal first world country. My definition of equality is not being capable of doing something, but having the privileged to. What difference does it make if you can do things just as well as men when you can't even do them at all?

"only differences between male and female are the body parts" yeah in dream land
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deejayvee wrote:

I don't see that as much of a stereotype though, more of a personal preference, I'm straight, I'd prefer to see two women kissing, then two men, not that I'm bothered by the sexuality, it just doesn't appeal to me.


Personally, i think any kissing is cute.
I'm straight, but romance is adorable either way ^.^;;
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All stereo types exist for a reason, that's why they are stereo types. If there were no known cases of people fitting the stereotype, then there wouldn't be a stereotype.

With effort, anyone can do anything.

HOWEVER

there is a different in how much effort it takes to achieve the same goal. There are things that just are not equal between a man's body and a women's body. It's not just the reproductive organs. The natural balance of hormones is much different, for example. I would wager a bet that men are, on statistical average, taller then women.

I can't think of a good way to put this next bit, so I'll just make it short.

Don't forget that women who stay home, raise children, cook, clean, do laundry.... they are some of the most amazing women out there. 'stereotypical women' do some amazing things, and have all the respect that I can give.

I guess I mean, stereo typical is not an insult, but refers to the first thing that people think of when you say something. If there were a family feud poll, the 'stereotypical' answer would be at the top of the list.
Posted 9/7/12
What's a world without stereotypes?
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Posted 9/7/12
Behind every great man is a great woman usually.
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I'd say that if you think about it, to some extent stereotypes in general have a little bit of truth to them. That's why they exist in the first place.

Gender stereotypes like nurses being female, doctors being male, females having prettier handwriting, males being builders/ construction workers just exist in general because of what we see on the tv or in daily life.
If someone sees tv programmes/ films or even picture books in which the majority of the 'nurses' were female or the majority of the 'doctors' were male, they're highly likely to come to associate the word 'doctor' with 'oh it must be male' or 'nurse' with 'oh it must be female', only to, say, "meet" a nurse who is male and go "you're a nurse? O_O" thinking along the lines of: 'but isn't that a girly job?"

I mean, how often do you see a female with really, really bad handwriting and how often do you see a builder working on a construction site that's not male? Compared to what we'd like to think, it's not all that common. It's around this point of time that Mr. stereotype pops up - females associated with 'good handwriting' and 'builder' associated with males.

So... to sum it up, people stereotype genders as in a sense, it's easier to generalise something than to look at every individual in an entire population.

I don't really think gender stereotypes have actually that much to do with equality nowadays. It does affect it, but in this day and age amongst the younger generations - not that much.
Sure, I'm all for equality - but to what extent is 'equality' before it just becomes one gender trying to dominate the other?

....and anyway, stereotypes are always just waiting to be subverted.
Posted 9/7/12

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Behind every great man is a great woman usually.


LOL~

I've heard that before from one hell of a cougar of all people. But her take on it was "Behind every great man is a BETTER woman." She was pretty fantastic though so I didn't find it necessary to debate that statement.
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