GENDER ISSUES 1
Description of a gender specific event
Society associates some places such as hair salon with women. Manyboy children like grow up without setting their feet in a hair salon.After attending a local hair salon, varieties of observations weremade from the event. The place has a variety of hairdressingequipment, facial towels, and other beauty enhancing equipment. Theplace was unnecessary neatly arranged, and everything was done inboring systematical order. Beauty was the language used there andvery ones tried as much as possible to become beautiful. Mostparticipants were female especially the hairdressing specialiststhough some male participated in having their hair fixed. Most of theparticipants looked too emotional as they complained about simpleissues such as their hair not being set to their expectations.Additionally, most participants seemed tactful, too gentle,unambitious and passive. Everything was performed boring slow speed,and members looked to have nowhere else to go.
Furthermore, the primary objective of a hair salon seemed to bebeauty and attractiveness. Unnecessary gossips were part of thisevent as women talk about sex and beauty. However, few men were alsopresent to have their hair made, but they looked completely out ofplace. Males’ participants maintained silence all throughout theevent.
Discussion of this observation
Society expects female and male to believe in, adopt, and fulfilldefinite gender roles and stereotype, which have been in existence(Hardin & Shain, 2005). In the western world, females aresupposed to be obedient, quiet and attractive nurturers whereas malesare expected to be independent, strong, and athletic. Society expectsnothing less than compliance with the enforced gender order (Hardin &Shain, 2005). Labels are given to those who violent those norms. Somequestions are put across such as, ‘are you a woman?’ Besides,people who go against the rules such as ‘a man attending a hairsalon look out of place. Traditional stereotypes have remainedrelatively constant over the years (Hardin & Shain, 2005). Peoplehave been forced to believe that some things are better when doneparticular sex than another. Currently, men are trying to challengethose gender roles by participation in traditionally female events.Participation of men in a hair salon and beauty activities is seen astep towards overcoming traditional stereotypes and gender roles.
Women-friendly events such a hair salon means to exclude or limitparticular things, which are acceptable in men private life suchsexual attractiveness and sex. This makes the events unfriendly tomen since no genuine man will even want to behave as if he is closestto women. In addition, males and females have different sexualorientation, cultural background, and social styles and any genderwill enjoy more if the three are not duplicated in the social modes.Women who participate in the salon events continue to keep men awaythrough their common gossips, which have totally nothing to do withmen character (Fink & Kensicki, 2012). Women look to enjoy thecompany of each other, and they frequently gather in salons places tohave a gossips sessions. The women get their hair washed, andhairdressers seemed to have enough knowledge of handling hair oftheir women colleague.
Men are currently maintaining long hairs, which are forcing them toattend hair salon to get it fix. Some men are also visiting a salonfor a facial treatment, as was a witness in this local salon event.However, primary question remains, why are men seeking to bebeautiful? Norms, gender stereotypes trains males to be handsome andaggressive, and this made event few men who attends salon to look outof place. The criticism coming from men are also making them behaveso. Similarly, sex and beauty gossips associated with female eventsseem to criticize any man present (Hardin & Shain, 2005). Absenceof many men from this event proves that they are yet to be freegender stereotypes. Furthermore, it proves stereotypes are still areality in the modern society (Fink & Kensicki, 2012).
Discuss the theories, concepts, and ideas that support theobservation discussion
Traditional femininity and masculinitystereotype- after childbirth and sex were revealed bydressing child with a particular cloth, which indicated is either agirl or a boy. Ideas and actions were the first stereotypes that achild encountered after birth (Fink & Kensicki, 2012). Femininity– expected women to demonstrate feminine characteristicswhile males are held accountable for being masculine by masculinity.Women are supposed to cook and clean, wear dresses, maintain adelicate and beautiful body, and remain passive, pure and moral. Theyare deemed weak sex emotionally, physically and mentally, this is howthey are stereotyped to being a woman. According to Sherrow (1996),femininity dedicates female issues in behaviorand appearances. When applying to the principle of femininity femaleare expected to live according to specific gender roles, which holdboth women and men in mainstream society (Fink & Kensicki, 2012).The society expects women to be ‘Ladylike’ and no masculinecharacter is expected out of them. However, when men ‘cross theline’ to act like women, then they should expect criticism andquestioning of their behavior. Negative stigma associated with hairsalons make many men keep off the event since the event required aperson to sit for a long hour. The stereotypes seem to have takencontrol in the salon event.
Gender sensitivity issues– Society prepareswomen to be sensitive to any gender touching issues. Society trainspeople to think of beauty and cosmetics regarding sex. Men taughtand encouraged by society to participate in aggressive, strenuous andteam sports (Gantz &Wenner, 2011). Women on the other are steeredtoward aesthetically enjoyable activities such as figure skating,synchronized swimming and another light service such as salon (Hardin& Shain, 2005). Moreover, this stereotype discourages women fromparticipation in beauty activities especially salon and preparedwomen to see them unfit for it. Men are ever reluctant to break thesetraditional genders roles and that the reason there was no any malehairdresser (Eagly & Mladinic, 2009).
Women are weak sex and take part in lightactivities-this theory urges female, and male should take part differin physical performance. The theory is based on femininityideology and convinces men that their female counterpartsare weak, and they should never participate in similar activities.The ideology makes women more nervous than they are in reality. Menare ideal for aggressiveness, physical strength, and large size.Masculine characteristics discourage men from taking parts in someevents such as hair salon.
Gender norms– traditionally society hasacceptable ways of acting out the gender. Rules are learned throughchildhood socialization (Gantz & Wenner, 2011). Children learnwhat is expected of their parents. They further pick it up fromschool, through cultural or religious teaching and other socialinstitutions. Gender experience continues throughout person’slifetime. Gender is known to be flux (Hardin & Shain, 2005).People see this through intergenerational and generational changes associal, within the families, technological and legal changesinfluence social values (Eagly & Mladinic, 2009). Women characterof gossiping is meant to discourage men from spending too much timein women events.
Reaction to the event
What was expected from this hair salon event was that the placewas absolutely for women. Men are supposed to be aggressiveness andtime conscientious drive by ambitions. Nevertheless, men are notexpected to sit-down in a salon for a whole day just trying to lookmore beautiful. However, what was witnessed was totally the opposite.The implication is that genders stereotypes have being dealt with inthe society today. Males and females are willing to participate fullyin events, which were traditionally meant for opposite gender.However, men have remained to look out of place when spending thewhole day sitting in a hair salon.
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