The battle of the sexes

Why do stereotypes for girls and boys still live on?

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Catherine Slade

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One topic that has peaked in our society through the generations is the worthiness of the opposite sex. At one time or another it seems both sides are fighting over something. You could bring up the fact that it’s basically tradition for males and females to bicker back and forth. But isn’t it time to leave the past behind? Sexism is the act of stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women.

“I would understand if you were intimidated, but the way some boys walk around girls in this place is far from it,” junior Kayla Shull said. “That’s really one of the lows of high school.”

Questions pop up everywhere regarding the rules, history, attitude and opinions of sexism in our school, and ultimately the general public.

Let’s take a historical journey back to just how dudes and dudettes operate when it comes to involvement with one another. Back as far as the Stone Age, guys actually had a decent amount of class. Don’t believe the beating over the head with a club story; it’s fiction. Actually it’s quite the opposite. The most impressive things that early man did to attract the women of their time were simply being good providers, and brave and effective hunters.

According to professor Peter Stearns, of George Mason University in Virginia, perfect examples of sexism in the ancient world included written laws preventing women from participating in the political process. For example, Roman women could not vote or hold political office. Studies have found generally shared cultural beliefs that men are valued greater in society and more capable than women in a number of activities.

In our world today statistics show that male students commonly get more attention during class. Due to the fact they usually feel the need to move around, boys also gravitate towards attention.  Girls are more sensitive to the emotions of others, especially when problem solving, so they actually may become more reserved in a class discussion, simply waiting their turn.

Just like your actions, your attitude speaks louder than words. Often fellows look down on girls, they don’t except us as even.

“There is a problem with sexism,” said Cross Creek junior Patrick Billups. “Boys don’t treat girls as equals; they look at them as their inferior.”

In a judgmental society, men are typically expected to be direct, athletic, strong, and brave; women are expected to be emotional, nurturing, affectionate, and forgiving. What I don’t comprehend, is why these stereotypes have persisted for so long.

This is really unnecessary people. Get over it. The world is changing and girls are dominating in a region where we weren’t even allowed to step foot in before.