Society Says

Simon says is a game we all played when we were little.  However, as we get older, we take on a different rendition of the childhood classic, one that we often play into our graves.  This lifestyle-altering game is called Society Says, and while it may sound like nothing you have heard before, you know it all too well.  Society Says is how we have formed our perceptions of stereotypes, social norms, and social roles based on age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, religion, and many other categories.  So let's play the game with the most ambiguous yet the most controversial rules!  Society Says...

Women should be beautiful. For ages across cultures, women have been held accountable to have a certain look by media portrayals. Whether the media is old or innovative, standards for women exist.
Men should be brawny. Since the beginning of humankind, men have been expected to be big and strong and protective. Society assigns men to be buff and rough and be able to hold down the fort.
Poor people have only themselves to blame. There has been such a push to blame people for their misfortunes, but what happened to humanity and helping out a family in need? They're not all alcoholics
Rich people never have to work. This is perhaps the most ironic statement considering they have worked endlessly to reach the heights of success that allow them to live their extravagant lifestyles.
Marriage should be a sacred bond between a man and a woman. This old view of thought has been seriously challenged in the recent past as swarms of people join in protest FOR marriage equality.
Black people should be in the ghetto. While America has progressed, there is improvement to be made to end the "black people from the ghettos" stereotype. They can and have succeeded greatly.
Girls play with dolls. Girls are not expected to be good at sports or encouraged to partake in the same type of horseplay that boys are. It is an early step to fit girls into the typical feminine mold
Boys should play with trucks. To fit boys into the typical masculine mold, they are presented with toys that trigger rigidity and violence and strength. They are never to be seen holding a doll.
Certain jobs are for men, while others are for women. Career stereotypes are finally being challenged with male teachers and nurses and female CEOs and doctors becoming all the more prevalent.
Women should be by their man's side. Behind every successful man is a brilliant woman. Why then should the man get all the credit leaving no feeling of accomplishment and no praise for the woman?
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