Gender is the term used to describe socially constructed categories based on sex (sex refers to a biological distinction). Gender is a social construct. It is through the concept of gender that society transforms female and male human beings into social women and men, assigning them roles and giving them cultural value. Gender stereotypes are structured beliefs about the socio-psychological characters of women and men. People believe that men and women are substantially different on number characteristics.
I prefer to think that all people are the same no matter what you are – a man or a woman. We all eat and drink and sleep and cough and laugh at the same things. But in some ways each person is different and individuals’ differing wants and preferences may conflict with each other. Many conflicts between men and women had happened in the world to prove who is better and supreme. If there is a cake for dessert there is a chance – one person can get a larger piece that another and even greater chance that one will think the other’s piece is larger whether it is or not. In the situation a man would be humbled as his rights were infringed. A woman would give a larger piece to the man – she got used to refusing herself for somebody’s sake. It is her nature.
Psychologists maintain that gender turns out to be the of the most important determinants of human behaviour, and try to make sense of seemingly senseless misunderstandings that haunt men and women relationships. Psychologists’ data show: women tend to focus o intimacy and men on independence. Intimacy is key in a world of connection where individuals negotiate complex networks of friendship, minimize differences, try to reach consensus and avoid the appearance of superiority, which would highlight differences. That will be the world ruled by a woman.
In the world of statuses independence is key because a primary means of establishing statuses is to tell others what to do and taking orders is a maker of low status. That is present-day world – it is ruled by a man.
Though all humans need both intimacy and independence, women tend to focus on the first and men on the second. That is the main difference leading to numerous conflicts and problems between genders.
Gender differences are a topic of perennial interest. It is through the concept of gender that society transforms female and male human beings into social women and men, assigning them roles and giving them cultural value. Social norms construct and reinforce attitudes about women’s and men’s proper work roles, their participation in family and community life, modes of dress and demeanour and their appropriate styles of verbal behaviour. That is a stereotype that a woman is a housewife and a man is a money-earner. People believe that men and women are substantially different on a number of characteristics. Men are considered to be higher in self-interest, women are considered to be higher in a concern of others.
Men are considered to be higher in a concern for others. Men are forceful, adventurous, aggressive, self-confident, rude, independent, ambitious, active and dominant. Women are affectionate, emotional, gentle, weak, sensitive, nagging and sentimental.
To my mind, people downgrade women’s achievements (sometimes they are great), people have negative opinions about women’s work capacities (though it is not always true); women have been represented negatively in many areas (though they work in most areas shoulder-to-shoulder with men); and women’s stereotypical characteristics are not as highly regarded as men’s are (though women are usually more tactful, punctual, responsible and hard-working than men).
These are the reasons why there cannot be equality of genders. Women would be constantly inferior to men in this respect: she lets a child play and rules wisely and imperceptibly – by means of men.