Socially there are a lot of expectations based on our perceived gender identity. We usually call these socialized expectations gender roles and gender norms. These socialized norms are constantly reinforced and become so widely accepted that they become stereotypes. The video below illustrates how stereotypical beliefs about “women’s work” (household cleaning, cooking and doing laundry) can be easily passed on from generation to generation but also can easily be challenged by people who support gender equality and #healthymasculinity.
***Admittedly the video is heteronormative (depicting a straight couple as the norm) but its message is still powerful regarding gender equality.
Conversation starter: What are some other examples of gender stereotypes that you have seen reinforced in your life?