Seasonal Stereotypes: How We Perpetuate Gender Norms During The Holidays

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Holiday inequality is more common than you think.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but — if we're being completely honest — they can also be a time of sexism. Gender norms and socially constructed values about men's and women's roles often come into play during Christmastime. Here are some of the holiday stereotypes we wish would disappear faster than Santa's cookies:

EXPECTING WOMEN TO DO THE WORK

Whether it's decorating the tree and wrapping gifts to setting the table and cooking the family meal, women usually bear the brunt of the season's stressful chores.

BODY SHAMING

With all the alcohol flowing and cookies crumbling, caloric food and drinks tend to cause everyone to pack on a few pounds around the holidays. Family dinner conversations or office party gossip should never involve commenting one someone's appearance or weight.

GENDERED GIFTS

From Barbie dream houses to toy race cars, the gifts people tend to give children tend to be stereotypically male or female-oriented. Even adults fall victim to this dichotomous gift-giving ritual. Women tend to receive candles and jewelry while men receive beer and tool kits. It's always best to ask people what they really want and think outside of the box.

SEXIST SMALL TALK

If you're a female who's ever gone home for the holidays, chances are you've been pestered with questions about your dating life, when you're going to have kids, etc. On the other hand, men seem to get asked more frequently about their career and life goals. Women are so much more than their love lives.


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