A Covers are often used as a type of

A group that is socially
categorized as different from the norm in society are often negatively viewed
differently and face harsh treatment. Stereotypes are introduced to society at
a young age, even before someone is born. When parents are expecting a male or
a female. In society, we all have a “shared set of languages or rules”
(Dennison 1.16.2018). This creates a system called gender codes in which the
gender binaries are enhanced. In which we are expected to look, act, and behave
a certain way in society. However, when someone disrupts the binary between
what it means to be a male or female, the risk of being seen as an “imposter”
or in other words being more prone to stereotypes becomes more prevalent
(Dennison 1.16.2018).

Children are being
exposed to the different norms of society at a young age. For example, in the
article, “Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls”, Yang focuses on the idea
that there are different ways that parents are communicating with their sons
compared to their daughters. In the article fathers “are more focused on
achievement” (Yang 2017) for their sons compared to daughters who are treated
with a focus on the loving care and emotions. This enhances the stereotypes
that are set upon our society. This shows that it is more culturally acceptable
for males to focus on the “masculinity” aspect of their personality rather than
“femininity”. Parents are raising their children, the way their culture and
what is socially and culturally acceptable to society.

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An expressive culture
example from the class that showcases how stereotype threats play a role in
gender codes is bathrooms. Bathrooms are a type of infrastructure in which
gender binaries are presented on the door (Dennison 1.16.2018). This is often a
place of violence due
to reasons that if your identity does not fit the sign on the door, it will
probably a place of harassment and violence (Dennison 1.16.2018). Bathrooms are
only enhancing the stereotypes that enhance the gender codes that are used in
society. It is supporting the idea that there is a clear difference between how
society views a male and a female.

Magazine Covers are often used as a type of media to
distribute stereotypes about gender. Magazine covers create the norm about how
a male and a female should act. However, for the individuals who challenge and
disrupt gender codes, this leads to stereotype threats. When
people begin to disrupt the binary norms or in general begin showing qualities
of the other gender. Such as the author of this comic strip described his
younger self-having hobbies that, “were perceived as feminine-like
cooking, dancing, singing” (Humphris 2017). He would become embarrassed about
his interest and often stopped doing those hobbies. Due to the ostracizing
nature of society which often leads to stereotyping threats and people being
viewed as “imposters” that do not “fit” in society. There
are a set of expectations in society, and people are afraid of living up to
that negative expectation. Overall, people should be able to decide the type of
person they want to be and other people’s gender expectations should not
affect that decision.
Society and people in power create these stereotype threats
and creates these gender binaries.