Almost anywhere you go, the grocery store, out to eat at a restaurant, or to a gas station, you can find examples of sexism and gender roles. The places to find examples of gender role are potentially endless, as it affects our daily lives more then we seem to notice. The role of sexism is taught to us from day one. Our parent’s teach us the roles we are born into. I perceive sexism as any other norm. I don’t give much thought into it and it doesn’t usually influence how I go about my daily routine.
When I was in grade school, my group of friends (whom were all girls) stayed away from the boys who usually played kick ball at recess. The girls usually played which chalk or on the swing set while the boys chased each other (and the girls) around the playground. Girls were often found in the kitchen part or playing with baby dolls, whereas the boys played with toy hammers and trucks. This is a good example of how we are taught, gender colonization. As we continue to get older and up into middle school, we have more interest in the opposite sex.
Not only are we learning about gender in science class, but everyone is going through puberty. This could also be an example of gender colonization. Our fascination continues up until high school, and of course the rest of our lives. When we start dating in high school and get to know more about the opposite sex, this is where the sexism comments come into play, such as boys are all ass holes. Another classic example of sexism that I have heard from men is that women belong in the kitchen, or “go make me a sandwich”!
Although these things may be considered rude to some people, there are many rude sexism remarks that can be made for both male and females. At my Job as a waitress, a social observation I have made with regards to gender role is who picks up the tab. 9 times out of 10, the male at the table will ask for the check, otherwise it is automatically set in front of him. Another observation I have made during my travels to Europe, is that men in foreign countries take their gender roles much more rigorously than in the United States.
It was highly frowned upon by the taxi cab drivers when my mother would give direction, or pay the driver. The same confusion occurred when my mother checked us into the hotels we stayed at. This was for no other reason than my mother has had more experience and is more familiar with the art of travel then my father, but still, it is not commonly accepted for women to do simple things in Europe that would be considered Jobs for men. Sexism By Unredeemable