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Myths about Men and Women

Myths about Men and Women

There are some prevailing myths about men and women most people believe in. Are all women really looking to get married? Are all men obsessed with their careers? Even if we know these things depend on individual characteristics, it’s sometimes difficult not to buy into one of those prevailing myths.

What are the most popular myths about men and women?

Myths about Women

Here are some of the most prevalent myths about women:

  • All women want to get married. Many people assume that all women want to get married eventually, andlarge that a woman’s primary role in life is to be a wife and mother (see below). How true is this myth? Do really all women want to get married, even if they claim they do not want to?
  • All women want children. Related to the above, but it’s a separate myth. There are many people who assume that even if a woman doesn’t want to be married by some chance, she still wants to have children. Or, if she doesn’t, that there is something wrong about her.
  • Women are not good with math (or science). This is another prevailing myth about women. Many people believe women are no capable of doing math and hard science, or if they are good at it, they are still worse than male scientists.
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    Women are not good leaders. Since women are often perceived as caretakers and more submissive than men, the assumption is that a woman cannot be a good leader. Also, some people believe that any woman showing leadership abilities is “bossy” in a bad way, or unfeminine.

  • Women are more sensitive and emotional. It is often assumed women are more sensitive and easier to commit to a relationship. They are perceived as more emotional, especially when it comes to love. How true is this myth? Just like any other myth on the list, it uses generalizations, and not all people are the same.

Myths about Men

There are some prevailing myths about men. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Men identify themselves with their career. Since men are still seen as primary breadwinners, their job is an important part of their life. Even more, it is often their main source of success. It’s therefore believed that all men care a lot about their job to the point of identifying themselves with it and basing their self-worth on the amount of money they make.
  • All men worry about their height. The assumption is that tall men are considered more attractive and Countriesmore capable, so following this logic, it’s believed that all men want to be tall – and if they are already tall, they would like to be taller. According to this myth, men are never satisfied with their height.
  • Men worry about their penis size and performance in bed. Since men are perceived as inherently sexual, it is assumed that most of them base their insecurities on sexual performance. Their anatomy and how they perform in bed are things perceived as highly important to all men and a constant source of worry. Closely related to this myth is a belief that men think about sex all the time.
  • Men are aggressive. Men are often considered assertive and natural leaders, and an extreme form of this is a belief that men are inherently aggressive. Some people simply assume men are more aggressive than women, while others believe men are too aggressive by nature. Interestingly enough, this aggressiveness is sometimes perceived as a fault and sometimes as a great quality.
  • romanceMen aren’t romantic and cannot commit. This is a mirror myth of a myth about women being too emotional. If women are perceived as emotional and ready to commit, men are seen as less romantic and eager to avoid commitment.

The Truth?

The above was easy. We all know of these prevalent myths about men and women. Now for a more difficult question: how true are these myths?

Just like any myth about human behavior, myths about men and women are generalizations. As such, they cannot be applied to all people. There are some men and women who fit these descriptions perfectly, but there are many others who don’t.

What’s the truth, then? Even with so many people not fitting into these stereotypes, are these myths true in general? Share your thoughts below.

ncradmin

June 12th, 2015

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