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An Unspoken Dictator

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Some interviewees that stated opinions on gender roles
Salma Desidario, Ryan Mitcham, Sarah McCoy

Some interviewees that stated opinions on gender roles Salma Desidario, Ryan Mitcham, Sarah McCoy

Emily Pennell-Templeton

Emily Pennell-Templeton

Some interviewees that stated opinions on gender roles Salma Desidario, Ryan Mitcham, Sarah McCoy

Emily Pennell-Templeton, Author

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The standard of society fostered by the ideals of the American dream dictate the behaviors of what is expected of people as women and men. As the superior gender, men are associated with being strong and dominant, being deemed as masculine. Opposed to women, who are nurturing, subdominant, and emotional being deemed as feminine.

      A woman’s life has been established, by society, as a housewife whose job, as a woman, is to manage life from within the home, dealing with cooking, cleaning, and being the primary caregiver for the children and husband. On the other hand, a man’s life is nine to five making the money to provide for his family. For a man to show emotions and be vulnerable is considered feminine which is seen as a negative thing. Senior Ryan Mitcham expresses, “I feel like in the U.S everyone makes being masculine and being a man is looked up to more than being a woman”. Are these ideals due to nature or the need for an individual to fill these obligatory roles? Sarah McCoy stated, “It’s how the world is. Females in the workplace is a newer concept, it’s an old fashioned mindset that men are dominant.”
      However, these roles are simply “the norm” due to how past generations have lived out their lives as women and men, but as another student senior Salma Desidario states “We are evolving”. People are constantly growing and changing as they are introduced to new concepts. Although for some, it is difficult to change and accept new notions. This progressing generation encourages people to use their power to create their own personal American dream. Sarah McCoy perfectly states, “If a guy wants to be a stay at home dad go for it, if a women wants to have a successful job go for it, you live in a world where you can do whatever you want if you set your mind to it.” People have manipulated the views and roles on how a man or woman is seen. Ryan Mitcham voiced, “Nobody should have to be obligated to act a certain way”. Femininity and masculinity are not gender-exclusive, “the norms” do not mold future generations. As the progressing generation, it is important to stand up against these norms to create an environment and mentality that is accepting of outliers and new concepts.

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