In this first round of research, I will look at how gender roles and gender discrimination impact the youth. I chose to research about education and social media because they are both very present in the lifestyle of youth in today’s world.
Gender discrimination in education:
Girls are more likely to become victims of gender discrimination than boys, despite the fact that gender norms in some places might restrict boys’ education by forcing them to work rather than attend school. For example, many African girls attend school for no more than five years. Girls from rural areas are also more likely to lack access to education because they are typically disadvantaged and have mothers who did not complete high school. This is due to a variety of factors, that include but not limited to: gender-based violence, FGM, child marriage, the distance to school, safety concerns and values, behaviours, and traditions that prioritise men over women and restrict their opportunities (1).
How gender roles are perpetuated in social media:
Gender prejudice is influenced by several things, including the way that gender is portrayed in the media. Through commercials and images, the media promote gender roles where women’s roles range from childcare to workplace responsibilities showcasing women’s dependence. On the other hand, males are represented as more autonomous and less inclined to exhibit their feelings(3).
In addition, gender stereotypes in social media influence how people view women’s bodies. Images of feminine beauty and specific role models are promoted by the media. In fact, according to a survey by The Pew Research Center , young, adult women in the US (18-29 years old) are more likely than men to have a social media account. As a result, they are more likely to internalise a culturally stereotypical ideal of female beauty displayed online. This has an huge impact on their well-being. Despite advances in the representation of plus-size women, cultural stereotypes regarding the ideals of body image continue to be prevalent (2).
- All in School. (n.d.). Gender Discrimination. Retrieved November 10, 2022, from https://www.allinschool.org/our-work/gender-discrimination
- Kladia, D. (2021, September 22). Social Media and Gender: A Tricky Combination. EAVI. https://eavi.eu/social-media-and-gender-a-tricky- combination
- Perloff, R. M. (2013). New Perspectives of Social Media Effect Research on Women’s Body Image Concerns. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-014-0384-6