Learning the fact that there are certain pressures implied by gender division, it could be noted that gender does have an impact on the individual development of a particular person. It could not be denied that people who are overly concerned of how people would actually see them are directly affected by this fact. Hence, living up to their gender’s separated recognition in the society makes them more aware of the values that they let themselves take in for self-evaluation and examination every now and then. Yes, men and women have been perceived by the society differently during the past decades compared to how the human society recognizes both genders at present. However, no matter how different it may seem, it could be noted that men and women do have important roles in helping the human civilization move forward to progress.
Gender-free Socialization Model
Women has also been looked down compared to men. This idea has been rooted to the early civilization and human history. Though movements have been made to overcome this social problem, there are still obstacles that are hard to overcome in implementing a “gender-free” social model. Take for example a case where a person needs to create a socialization model free from gender discrimination. Obstacles such as the innate psychological discrimination are still present such as the preferences of the majority for leadership and political structure. Men are always been look up as more responsible, mature and political competent than women that is why most of the political system in the world are still dominated by men. Another is the traditional pattern where the many traditional social institutions still prefer men rather than women. This common idea usually resulted to the discrimination of the women due to the traditional social norms and beliefs. Take for example the case of women in military position. It is a fact that men dominate the military institutions all throughout the world and that the basis for the structure of these kinds of institutions is the masculine characteristics and capacities (Levant, 11). Thus, women who wish to enter this kind of institution must be able to overcome these challenges and problems. Aside from that, men view women as weaker and more vulnerable thus men consider it as their task to protect the women. Thus, most of the men still do not consider and accept the involvement of women to the military institutions.
Regarding feminism, most of the men are hostile to feministic movements because the feel that their superiority and their so-called “manhood” are being challenged (O’Neil, 12). In addition, most of the men view feminism as an act of aggression by the women and that they do not just want equality with men regarding social status but also domination and superiority on top of men (O’Neil, 13).
Equality is important to the society and the deprivation of the needs always post dangers and risk to the development of the society as a whole. Every person has needs and these needs must always be given or sufficiently address with to ensure the proper development of that individual. Thus, women must be given equal respect and rights with the men because biological and psychologically they are equal and none is superior to the other (Pleck, 1995, 11). But still, they must observe their limitations and proper place in the society to ensure its peaceful and mutual compatibility within the individuals living in the society.