What Is the Definition of Gender Stereotyping?

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In gender stereotyping, people make inaccurate, overly simplistic generalizations of others based upon their gender. These assumptions are untrue because they do not take into account that everyone is an individual with unique thoughts, feelings and aspirations.

Examples of female gender stereotypes include the beliefs that all women want to get married and have children, are weaker than men, do not belong in positions of authority, need to look pretty and be flirtatious and enjoy cooking, the color pink, flowers and dolls. Gender stereotypes typify males as tough, dominant, messy, disliking cooking and cleaning and enjoying sports, cars, action figures, video games and outdoor activities.