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Gay? Fine by me! February 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 12:54 AM

Certain roles are set for male and female right from the time of birth. Boys are the ones who grow up playing with trucks and helping Daddy around the lawn while getting dirty versus girls who play with Barbie’s,  wear dresses and being clean while helping Mommy around the house and with shopping (Silverman, Radar 429). We as humans put ourselves under a stereotype in society where we feel we need to live up to certain expectations and roles. When people do certain things to break the typical roles that their gender plays in society they become almost like they’re not acting girl like or boy like as according to society. When a little boy tells his Mom that he wants to take dance lessons it is not something that is ok, generally the mother or father would freak out about this, but say there was a girl that wanted to go into a sport such as hockey, which is usually considered a boys sport or a “butch” sport, would be fine because this is a more common thing for girls to do. But why would it be wrong for a boy to want to take dance lessons? This is where gender role and society stereotypes come into play. No matter what aspect of life everyone is an equal, as this quote states: “We need to guarantee equal rights and civil rights and say that, here in America, workers have the right to organize – women have the right to choose – and justice belongs to everyone regardless of race or gender or sexual orientation.” I believe that no matter who you are, race, sexual orientation or religion, everyone is an equal and is entitled to the same rights and respect as everyone else.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/gender/gender22a.htm

E. Campbell

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3 Responses to “Gay? Fine by me!”

  1. I believe that the many stereotypes of society are apart of the things that are holding back the world and equality. Boys and girls, men and women should all be treated equally, but it isn’t that way.
    -Arielle K.

  2. It is more common and accepted for girls to do mens sports. I would have loved to play football but I had to keep it to just at recess.

    –sam laird

  3. Nice post, EC. And good use of sources and hyperlinks. That’s a bold, liberal statement there!

    ~Jenna G.


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