Gender bias pertains to discriminating against or showing prejudice or negative behavior towards someone on account of the fact that they must fit into a certain stereotype of behavior, values or looks etc. Often considered to be something only practiced in developing countries, gender bias still exists in America to this day and worldwide as well.
We live in the 21st century, and with some of the most modern advancements in technology, education, finance etc, we’re considered to be Number One where developed countries are concerned.
Surely we don’t believe in, or practice such barbaric beliefs such as gender bias anymore?
Gender bias still forms a great part of the average American’s life, with many women than men still being paid less for the same job, and still being discriminated against on account of weight, height, looks and yes- gender.
Psychologists in the twentieth century termed a phenomenon that they found, as ‘the glass ceiling effect’.
This glass ceiling effect ensured that when women in managerial positions rose or ascended to managerial or other director related positions in the first place, they were often elbowed out of the way by other male competitors, or eventually shoved away or rejected by the organization itself for not fitting into a certain category- if they were not slim enough, were not considered to dress in a very elegant and smart manner- or simply because they were women and women had a reputation for being more emotional and letting their emotions get in the way of important decisions and for being too panicky in moments of crisis.
Does this sound familiar?
Men in particular were often plummeted to the heights that they had always wanted to ascend- it did not matter as much as it did for their female counterparts, that they were overweight, bald, wore glasses, cracked obscene jokes or- get this- showed a lack of empathy, which translates into understanding how the employees felt and boosting their morale by understanding them in the first place.
The same often goes for models in America.
Female models like Giselle are often looked at as the ideal of perfection because they fit into a stereotype of someone who is skinny, has straight hair and is exotically tanned- men are not supposed to look up to models, and in fact whereas women are supposedly to enviously aspire to be like female models to gain success in any aspect of their lives; be it sexual, career related or even educational, it is often considered a bad thing for a man to even be a model in the first place!
The gender bias in fact leaks into the career itself
Female models are often dangerously underweight, they suffer from psychologically and physically threatening disorders such as anorexia and they must conform to beauty standards that they agency or the magazines they work for, set for them.
It will be rare to hear of men suffering from eating disorders or being told to maintain the same level of underweight.
It was only around 2007 that female models were informed that having thigh gaps and looking too skinny was not desirable; it was only as late as the autumn of 2007 in fact, that the shift changed from women having to be very skinny to a more desirable look being like the one Marilyn Monroe had; an hourglass figure.
However, gender bias still exists in other areas.
Be it on account of the fact that you are a man and so supposed to be tough and not teach ballet, or a woman who cannot drive or lift heavy weights because she is supposed to be weaker or more emotional, gender bias is still an issue that continues to haunt America and all over the world.