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Gender Stereotyping - Defined and Analyzed

What is "gender stereotyping," and how does it result in gender discrimination?

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Gender Stereotypes are simplistic generalizations about the gender attributes, differences, and roles of individuals and/or groups. Stereotypes can be positive or negative, but they rarely communicate accurate information about others. When people automatically apply gender assumptions to others regardless of evidence to the contrary, they are perpetuating gender stereotyping. Many people recognize the dangers of gender stereotyping, yet continue to make these types of generalizations (Lammers, Gordijn, & Otten, 2009).

Gender Stereotypes occur when people make assumed and usually simplistic generalizations in regards to the gender differences or specific attributes of one gender or another. It also occurs when assumed roles or ...

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Gender Stereotypes are simplistic generalizations about the gender attributes, differences, and roles of individuals and/or groups. Stereotypes can be positive or negative, but they rarely communicate accurate information about others. When people automatically apply gender assumptions to others regardless of evidence to the contrary, they are perpetuating gender stereotyping. Many people recognize the dangers of gender stereotyping, yet continue to make these types of generalizations (Lammers, Gordijn, & Otten, 2009).

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