Jordan Galloway
Critical Reading/ENG 101-905
Essay Title: ‘Men are stuck' in gender roles, data suggest
Writer: Emily Alpert Reyes
Summary: In the article "'Men are stuck' in gender roles, data suggest" , published in 2013, the writer's main point is that gender revo lution was lopsided and still is. The writer provides statistics/data from surveys and interviews that p rove when it comes to gender roles, people are more open to women being masculine than they are to men being feminine. Without action, men are stuck into this masculine role that they "must" adhere to.
Definitions: gender dysphoria - a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there's a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity (sometimes known as gender identity disorder
Effeminate - a man having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly
Flak - strong criticism
Dearth - a scarcity or lack of something
Quote: "Masculinity is valued more than femininity," University of Utah law professor Clifford Rosky said. "So there's less wo rry about girls than about boys " (Reyes 11).
Interpretation: In other words, masculinity is seen as more powerful and dominant. Femininity is seen as weak, tender, and dependent. So, when girls are masculine people look and say , "she's strong, she can do for herself." She's not looked at as any less of a woman. Whereas if a man steps just a little out of society's norm, he's less than a man.
Gender roles and stereotypes is a big issue. Not only male versus female, but females look down on masculine females, and men look down on feminine men because of these set standards and stereotypes. I found this article very interesting because I read it from a woman's point of view and it opened my mind mor e. The quote, "If a little girl is running around on the baseball team with her mitt, people think, "That's a strong girl ," … "When my 6-year old is running around in a dress, people think there' s something wrong with him" (Duron 10). For example, as a woman, if I see a man with painted nails I automatically go straight to believing I know his sexual preference and I think of him as less of a man. But, when I see a woman on the court playing basketball beating all the boys, I'm rooting for her. When I see a woman C.E.O., it's girl power. I remembered a thread with tweets stating, "Gender doesn't exist." When I first read it, I was like these people are stupid, what is the world com ing to? But, I realized I was the stupid one. They don't exist! There's a difference between sexual preference and biological sex. Men and women should be able to wear what they'd like, work where they'd like, be as masculine or feminine as they want. Gender should not stunt people's freedom.
Alpert Reyes, Emily. " ‘Men are stuck' in gender roles, data suggest ." Los Angeles Times , Dec 26,
2013, pp. 9-11