Certainly, this particular recognition of the women’s’ capabilities of creating and incorporating changes within the human society brought so much challenge not only to the male gender but to the female as well as they are expected to prove what they actually claim about themselves and their capabilities to handle the jobs that used to be male-only responsibilities.
How Individuals Perceive the Social Differences
“Being in is belonging”. This particular African thought of being joined with within a society indicates the fact that every person is expected to follow a certain pattern of growth basing on the norms that are considered by the society that he or she is particularly living in. Hence, living up to the expectations of the society is considered as one of the most crucial stages of growth that an individual needs to deal with. As mentioned earlier, the society segregates men and women based on the role that they are supposed to play within the community even before the new generations of the human civilization are born. Hence, coping up with the said social perceptions may either prepare a challenge for the individuals in sticking to the norms or making the changes as to how people primarily perceive human individuals.
Being concerned with how or what the people would say usually affects the values that are accepted by a certain individual that would actually intent to shape his personality later on. It could then be observed that people both men and women are perceived to have some responsibilities to complete for the sake of their community’s social as well as economic growth. Whatever these responsibilities are then affect the way by which both men and women conduct themselves, as they grow older towards maturity. (Jervis, 2000, 17)
To understand further, it could be observed that people are pressured to follow what the society actually believes. The presentation below shall show how much impact certain social elements make upon the personal development of the individuals, both men and women:
The Flow of Social Pressure Upon the
Individual Development of Humans:
In this diagram, it could be observed that people are primarily held responsible of constantly defining themselves with what the society actually perceives to be rightful (Jervis, 2000, 18). Without the courage of being different from the usual, an individual may not be able to stand for what he particularly believes in especially considering the fact that there exists some certain social control upon their growth.
(Source of Information: George, Ph.D. Abrahams. (2002). Boy V. Girl?: How Gender Shapes Who We Are, What We Want, and How We Get Along. Free Spirit Publishing.)