Masculinity, Femininity and Gender Roles

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Masculinity, Femininity and Gender Roles
There are many common stereotypes which pervade our society at all levels concerning gender roles. These social forms constrain our thinking about what is male and what is female; about what is acceptable behavior for a man, but not for a woman. While some might argue that these social cues are natural, or at the very least an indispensable element of contemporary society, aiding in our ability to take verbal and non-verbal cues from one another, they can at times be very detrimental. Take for instance the multitude of signs and social cues that young men get from others men around them as well as society at large which ‘teach’ them what it means to be ‘masculine’. To this day, a number of very...
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.....“hard” or someone who has “street-cred”. To me, a real man is a well-educated, hard-working person who is accountable to those around him.
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