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  1. Introduction
  2. Gender Minority Status
  3. The Career Effect
  4. The special consideration effect
  5. The assumed authority effect
  6. The Comfort Zone effect
  7. Conclusion

Over the years, various generalizations have been made about the roles that each gender plays in society. Such ideas have been introduced into children's lives from the point in time they are born, they also passed them down over the generations (Chodorow, 2004). Such generalizations have been neither considered negative or positive because of their nature of establishment.

They were established at a time when those roles made sense for the survival of the human race as is realized with the dedicated role of women in child care. But with advancing technology, some of the roles that have been attributed to various gender is becoming obsolete (Schein, 2005).

However, people still make assumptions about roles of men and women through these stereotypical notions that claim to apply to all men and women in the world.

[...] There are various methods that male workers make female workers feel unwelcome or inferior in a male dominated work place. These include the use of everyday interaction mechanisms that exclude women from shared masculine interests in the organization. The special consideration effect Condensing chivalry and paternalism are just but some of the behaviors exhibited in such environments that make everyday interaction embarrassing if not impossible (Miller, 2004). Because of the perception that the female is not in their proper environment and the current environment may be hazardous for them, paternalism takes over and the male members make it their duty to ensure the female receives greater than necessary care during their entire interaction process. [...]

[...] Men often fear that they will become invisible as men because their former roles of being the sole provider and decision maker may be shadowed by the female. In addition, they fear being 'adopted' or perceived as women because they have adopted roles that were previously performed by women (Simpson, 2013). Discussions within the work place may be female oriented with males being given less of a chance to start discussions that relate to their affairs. Common discussions may include uncomfortable subjects like common feminine biological experiences that they may commonly share with their female counterparts. [...]

[...] Society would regard them as misfits and socialization with them would be naturally forbidden or undertaken under different scenarios (Chodorow, 2004). Gender minority status results from observed differences in behavior and personality between the genders that result from a person's innate personality. Personality is affected by culture and social interaction with other members of society and is largely not attributable to physiological and biological differences. There are those who perceive that children learn to orient themselves towards their gender roles as a result of their learned observations and interactions with their environment (Chodorow, 2004). [...]

[...] They were more likely to express anger as an emotion because it assured them domination over the weaker female (Lupton, 2000). The Career Effect The minority status of most males and females give them an advantage if it comes to given careers and roles (Lupton, 2000). This is because most selection boards and organizations look favorably upon applicants who perform roles that are less suited for their gender. This is seen in the case when more males are preferred for jobs like teaching and nursing while more females are considered for roles like construction and engineering (Lupton, 2000). [...]

[...] They often face significant challenges in their roles that may lead to loss of motivation and self-worth. There are men who have engaged in professional activities that were historically considered female-dominated professions. Areas like nursing and secretarial management are considered feminine careers but are increasingly being undertaken by male members. They face significant challenges in the execution of their duties even though they are often not realized because of the male nature to suppress emotion and any feelings that may be considered as a form of masculine weakness. [...]

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