gender normative

adjective
variants: or gender-normative

Definition of gender normative

:adhering to or reinforcing ideal standards of masculinity or femininity
  • Before the uprisings in Syria women were highly educated. However, the gender positioning affected their involvement in political and professional life. Gender normative behaviours were retained and therefore there was a lack of power and agency for women in society.
  • —Lorraine Charles and Kate DenmanThe Journal of International Women's Studies15 Dec. 2013
  • In 2007, the top-selling image of fatherhood globally was an image of a man playing football with his son. You can't get any more gender-normative than that. Whereas our top-selling image of a father this year, so far, is a man with his daughter sitting and reading together.
  • —Pam Grossmanquoted in Adweek11 June 2015

gender normativity

noun
    • None of us has grown up in a genderless culture. In fact, we have grown up in one replete with gender stereotyping and demands for gender normativity, with all the biases that go with that.
    • —Diane EhrensaftGender Born, Gender Made2011

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First Known Use of gender normative

1984


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