Women are Emotionally weaker than Men! Women Stereotype breakdown
"Don't cry like girls, you are a boy, be strong". Boys only play with superhero toys, cars, guns, etc., and filled with anger and badass attitude. But if you are a girl, play with barbie dolls only, and be shy and quiet.
We all are familiar with these stereotypes, or there is a common question around the globe that "Why women can't stop being so emotional?".
Let's find the answer!
According to Indian philosophical texts, emotions are a sign of uncontrollable desires, and we cannot classify emotions according to gender.
In the medieval period when humans focused on the study of emotions, since then the women stereotype of being over-emotional has gained momentum, especially in medical and judicial sciences.
Since the early modern period, suppressing emotions has been an important indicator of men's strength.
We saw women as inferior beings who lacked the will and discipline to control their emotions.
In the 17th century, Female Hysteria (a state in which a person cannot control his/her emotions) turned out to be a modern medical diagnosis in which they attributed the excessive emotion of women to the position of their wombs.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, doctors diagnosed women with hysteria.
The hysteria diagnosis was abandoned by 1952, but the stereotype of women being hysterical has stuck.
In movies and webseries, we associate women with having an emotional outburst and nervous breakdown.
We often portray women as silly, insane, dramatic, etc., while we portray men as calm and rational.
Psychologists point out that even in interpersonal relationships, partners often use the "you are too emotional" argument to turn women off, even when a woman has good reason to be upset.
Is that mean women are emotionally weaker than men?
Wait a minute!
Studies have found that men and women express emotions at equal rates.
The big difference is which emotions they express.
While men are more likely to express anger/rage, women are more likely to express happiness and sadness.
Research shows that women manage their emotions better and yet, somehow they are ‘hysterical’ who can't control their emotions.
Such an irony!
It does not limit these women stereotype to pop culture or our personal lives, but it also has dangerous consequences in the professional lives of women.
An influential workplace gender stereotypes study found that when they informed people that a female manager was purposefully successful, they were expecting her to be more emotional and a less stable leader than a man.
In fact, a range of academic research shows that women in a professional setting face immense pressure to maintain a cool exterior, if they want to become a leader.
On the other hand, we reward men for showing passion and conviction or expressing strong emotions.
Here’s the thing!
People think men are better decision-makers because they think rationally, and women react emotionally that's why they can't be a good decision-maker
This is an assumption that logic should be devoid of emotion, but research has shown that emotions always guide rational decision-making.
Women not only express their emotions more, but they perform better than men in processing emotional information, enabling them to make more rational decisions.
On the other hand, the fact that we glorify suppressing emotions negatively affects men's mental health and perhaps leads them to make poor decisions.
It's time not only to rethink why we’ve framed women as being ‘overly emotional,’ but also consider why we think expressing emotion is a bad thing.
There is a strength in being emotional and learning to express your emotions healthily.
Let's break down this stereotype that being emotional is a bad thing. Write your thoughts in the comment section, and share this article with your friends and family and let them know that being emotional is normal.
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