GENDER ISSUES IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Genderis so embedded in our actions, desires, and beliefs as we take it asa natural occurrence. It dictates our conversations, food, humor,clothing and shopping (Arvanitidou & Gasouka 2013). However, weare not born with gender it is something we do, perform. It is asocial elaboration of biological sex and an exaggeration of thebiological differences (Conley, 2015). More often than not, gendermakes these differences completely irrelevant. Have you wondered whymen cannot have red nails like women or mince while men swagger? Thispaper focuses on actions and behaviors of the U.S citizens due togender.
Myday begins with breakfast. However, when I don’t have something todo in the morning, I wake up late and sometimes miss breakfast. Belowis a list of my actions on a typical day.
Check for messages and news updates from my phone immediately after waking up
Call one or two of my friends if they will be available in the afternoon
Watch a moving, play computer games or check news updates especially in sports and politics
Chat with a friend about various issues
What a football match or TV news
Sleep late in the night
Acculturation has had a significant influence in the U.S society(Lindsey L. 2015). My daily activities that are influenced by genderare getting ready to leave the house, clothing, interaction withstrangers and shopping. On the same note, my view on norms, roles,and media are gender-based. The eating habits and the arrangement ofmy room may also be influenced by gender. Behaviors such as clothing,shopping, and room arrangement are easily identified as gender-based(Mayo C. & Henley N. 2012). My traits such as clothing, roles,and shopping are the most influenced by my gender. The food Iconsume, my views on media and norms are least affected by my gender.
WhenI compare myself with my sister while carrying various activities,she is more organized. On my side, I will use anything provided thatit helps me to achieve the ultimate goal. My room is alsodisorganized most of the time. My preparation before I leave thehouse is generally faster. I fall in the group of people who werebrought up to believe that it is the ladies to take long beforegetting ready. My clothing is the most affected by gender. To startwith, my closet contains no garments grouped as unisex. I buy nothingshort of male cloth. The shopping tendency, on the other hand, isdependent on trends in sports and politics. For instance, I have morecampaign T-shirts now than last year. My shirts, trousers, or shoesare of dull and simple colors in contracts to the shouting choicesworn by ladies. I have also adopted my father’s style of putting onthe wrist watch on the left hand.
Inmy daily socialization, I find it easy to interact with both femaleand fellow male friends. However, when I encounter strangers, I tendto trust ladies more in comparison to men. For instance, it isrelatively genuine for me when women seek direction assistance tounknown places than males. According to Zhao & Zhang (2016),people usually trust the opposite gender more in the context ofmixed-gender situations.
Accordingto Arvanitidou & Gasouka (2013), gender role is a concept in thesociety of how the two sexes are expected to behave. I am cultured ina male dominant society, where men are supposed to be strong andaggressive. My parents used to buy me toy guns and trucks while mysisters had dolls. All these have contributed to my belief that Imust one day be the leader in my house, the top most bread-winner.Professionally, law enforcement and politics suit men whilesocial-related occupations such as nursing are best for my femalecounterparts.
Mygender has also influenced how I consume media information. Leadingon my list of preferred content is political news, sports, andinnovations or scientific discoveries. More often than not, my femalefriends inquire about the latest news or a deeper explanation on aparticular agenda set by the fourth estate. On advertisements, I tendto follow those of appliances, software, and accessories. I canremember how we used to pin-up pictures of latest mobile phones inlower school. However, I usually purchase the new product based onpersonal and friends’ experience rather than how convincing theadvert was presented.
Gendertranscends major activities, rules, and behaviors in our society. Thedifferent directions and viewpoints of my life are influenced by howI was brought up. However, there are socialization shifts in thegender roles, occupation, and values. Today, roles are shared betweenmen and women, while the jobs that were traditionally considered formen or women are now attracting both sets of gender.
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