Hi, need to submit a 1500 words paper on the topic Gender Roles in TV Show Friends. There are six main characters and each of them has their own traits. Almost all the characters have traits which would make them look funny, it is a sitcom and the characters must appear funny to be able to convince the audience.” (Television and Gender Roles)
Dominant social values are more often than not presented on TV serials these days, traditions gender stereotypes are presented in almost every show, these shows reinforce the gender stereotypes making matters much worse than they actually are.
Girls are taught to be sensitive. on the contrary, boys are made rough and tough. Parents play a pivotal role in passing their beliefs on to their children, the way they think matters the most and the same also reflects on the thinking of their children. We live in a society, in which sons and daughters are treated very differently, pink is considered feminine, and blue is considered an ideal color for boys. Boys are given much more freedom than girls. this is often fought against by the mothers.
Boys make their own groups when they reach infancy, such groups operate independently but when girls make such groups they have to be dependent on someone to operate effectively. A girl who displays masculine traits is considered abnormal and a boy who displays feminine traits is considered abnormal, this is very stereotypical thinking and something which must change very soon. Girls are encouraged to play with dolls and boys on the contrary engage in activities that suit their gender. “While both mothers and fathers contribute to the gender stereotyping of their children, fathers have been found to reinforce gender stereotypes more often than mothers.” (Ruble, 1988) These were some of the socio-cultural and biological factors which affect gender role development.
Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
“Sexuality has three stages: Desire is an interest in being sexual. Excitement is the state of arousal that sexual stimulation causes. And orgasm is sexual pleasure’s peaking. A sexual disorder occurs when there’s a problem in at least one of these stages.