Men and women approach life differently, therefore it
can be said that many gender differences exist. From body transitions,
emotional and physical differences, and even gender roles in society. “Men Are
from Mars, Women Are from Venus” the very common saying, Men and women come
from two very different plants.
We all start out as boy or girl and slowly develop
into a woman and man. Boys and girls develop in diverse ways. Starting with
physical growth, both genders grow slowly but around elementary, a girl starts
to grow a little taller and boys catch up a few years later. Girls tend to be
less active than a boy, while boys tend more energetic. The girl tends to hit
puberty a little earlier than boys. Girls and boys begin to grow hair and body
parts begin to enlarge as well, that results in a growth spurt for boys and
menstruation for girls. In time, both genders brain develops and mature and
turn into men and women with a very different way of living. This is where they
start developing their character traits.
When it comes to physical and emotional differences,
we can all agree that one gender will surpass the other in each character
trait. Men tend to excel in physical character and women in emotional, not to
say either gender cannot exceed the other trait but biologically speaking, that
is the exception to the rule. Men will be identified as “masculine” at one
point or another in their life. This is because the average adult male is
usually tall, with the common figure of an upside-down triangle, broad shoulders,
and slim waist, that shows strength, with this body, comes growing biceps,
large hand, and toned legs and very little fat. This is identified as strength,
health, and size. However, being “masculine” does not only mean you need the
body, you also need to fit the personality. If you are a man, I am sure you
have heard this before, “boys do not cry.” This comes with the job. Men are
expected to be emotionless. If you show even the slightest of fear or sadness
you are labeled as a coward. On the other hand, men are expected to show anger
and aggression, and most are not surprised when a man gets into a fight or
argument. They are taught to stand their ground, otherwise, you are labeled
once again. Let’s just say sensitive is not a word commonly used for men. In
contrast, women are a whole other story.
Women body comes in all shapes and sizes and unlike
men, women bodies are usually identified with different shaped fruits or
objects, apple, pear, hourglass, and rectangle. Though there can be an ideal body
type, women are usually biologically “suck” with there body shape. Most women
bodies are small to medium length and have very little built muscle, unless
worked out, in the arms and legs. Women, unlike men, are more capable of
building up fat, this results in cellulite, which men cannot get so easily.
Women are usually built small, small hands, small feet and small size, and are
not recognized as “strong.” However, whatever women lack in physical traits,
they make up for it in emotional character. Ever heard of “motherly-instincts”?
Of course! Because women are nurturing species. Unlike men, it’s ok to show
emotions. Women are sensitive, this is because they are in a way “allowed” to,
unlike men. They can freely show every emotion they are feeling without getting
judged most of the time.
these differences in women and men lead to societal gender roles and
There is pressure for men and women to meet societal
gender roles, and break stereotypes. Every society, ethnic group, and culture
has expectations for each sex, but they can be very different from each other.
Stereotypes are different, they are the same for each gender, even if you are
in a different group. As I stated before, men are generally expected to be
strong, aggressive, and emotionless, this can usually be detrimental to a man.
Men will bottle up the feelings and this leads to depression and a high rate of
suicide in men than women because of this expect gender role. These gender
roles lead to stereotypes, in personality traits, occupations, appearance, and
domestic roles. Men are expected to be confident and thick-skinned and
powerful. They are expected to be doctors, engineers, mechanics, businessmen,
it’s even in the name. They are to take care of finances and home repairs and
they are expected to dress and groom in ways that are stereotypical to their
sex. They are also seen as the superior sex, this might not be as an immense
issue now, but it is still believed that women and men are treated differently
when it comes to certain events and women are usually not favored in these
Throughout history, women have struggled to break
gender roles and stereotypes; more than men because they tend to be extremely
negative and offensive to women. Women are expected to dress in a modest way
and be friendly, hospitable, and caring and this is where the stereotypes were
built from. Many are still seen for their stereotypes; some people expect that
women will care for the children, cook, and clean, they are expected to be
nurses, secretary, receptionist and stay at home moms. Both genders might also
experience sexism or discrimination, yet there are always was to challenge
these stereotypes, and that is what is needed to help each gender feel equal
they are given their destiny, during their growth in life, they face their
faith, and because of this men and women men and women have varied differences.
They develop from young boys and girls to matured adults, changing their
physical and emotional traits and growing to face struggles with gender roles
and stereotypes. We coexist with the opposite sex that we may not have much in
common with, but we must figure out a way to equally value each gender.