Gender Stereotype in African Culture

Gender Stereotype in African Culture




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In most African cultures, the issue of gender stereotype or prejudice and discrimination has been a question of the day as people suffer from discrimination just because of their appearance, origin and even the state of their bodies, that is, are they suffering from any form of disability or what. In consideration of certain fields like job acquisition, the question of gender comes in as some jobs have been assumed to belong to certain gender like men and others taken as feminine jobs. We will handle the three issues by considering the following studies.

Advanced cognitive appraisal on individual perception, due to the effects assumed through cultural biases, most people have developed a poor perception that they are being discriminated when it comes to carrying out some tasks or even doing some tasks. This thus has made people victims even before a decision has been made. This study thus after realizing such behavior is working hard to ensuring that individuals develop a sense of belonging and stop assuming that they are victims of discrimination when it comes to the performance of given tasks(Kray, Thompson, Galinsky, 2001). In these findings, it calls for individual nations to open up campaigns whereby people are encouraged to work in their desired fields regardless of their gender.

The next step is compensatory strategies study, in this study, we try to learn the overall behavior of persons and general governance as far as prejudice and discrimination are concerned. We are evaluating the general behavior whereby people with some deformities are neglected or discriminated when it comes to the performance of certain duties or living in a given country. Many nations have this tendency where they believe only a given race can work to produce results in a given field. In our study, we try to figure out what they need to be done to ensure that all people are treated with equity regardless of their gender (Due Billing & Alvesson, 2000). In our strategy, we conclude that all persons should be given equal opportunities and gender and ability should not be a question to discriminate people.

The final study is identity dynamics and here we are working hard to ensuring and identifying whether individuals suffering from discrimination and prejudice have a positive attitude towards their ability. In our study, we consider individuals with a disability. These are people who have been stigmatized due to prejudice and discrimination as most people tend to look away from them as most people tend to assume they are not part of the productive community (Taub, Blinde, and Greer, 1999). We would thus advise, as disability is not inability, that people are engaged in productive activities according to their ability regardless of their gender. Governments should and have to look forward to including such people in production activities and ensure that they are not discriminated by the society.

Conclusively, discrimination and prejudice, be it on racial or cultural origin, is a quality which need not be mentioned in a carrying society or culture and thus people need to be treated with equality regardless of their physical state or gender.


Kray, L. J., Thompson, L., & Galinsky, A. (2001). Battle of the sexes: gender stereotype confirmation and reactance in negotiations. Journal of personality and social psychology80(6), 942

Due Billing, Y., & Alvesson, M. (2000). Questioning the notion of feminine leadership: A critical perspective on the gender labeling of leadership. Gender, Work & Organization7(3), 144-157.

Taub, D. E., Blinde, E. M., & Greer, K. R. (1999). Stigma management through participation in sport and physical activity: Experiences of male college students with physical disabilities. Human relations52(11), 1469-1484.

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