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11/08/2022

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Veronica

I never thought about the considerable decline in men working in health care and education. “I didn't know that men could be doctors,” Throughout my life, every single one of my doctors has been a female doctor. As a matter of fact, I have never had a male doctor, so I never gave it much thought. “In early education, men are virtually invisible. It ought to be a source of national shame that only 3% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers are men.” The only male teacher I had was in 9th grade and he was the only one out of all my teachers to be male. In the U.S. military, there are more women piloting planes than there are male kindergarten teachers. In the 1980s 33% were male teachers and this went down to 24%. Generally speaking, females are more nurturing than males based on the serotype of being a woman. It has always seemed to me that this makes sense, however, I realized that men used to dominate both fields in the past.

Victor Watson

In this article by Richard V. Reeves, he discusses why men need to be recruited in positions that mainly are viewed as female jobs such as teachers, nurses and care workers. Women earn 20% less than men and men are less likely to take jobs that are seen as “women's work”. There are stereotypes which people view men differently if they perform so-called female job. The other side could be argued as females that could enter the workforce in male dominated jobs. As a child I do not remember any male nurses or even in my pediatrician office there were 3 female doctors and 1 male doctor. In elementary school there were no male teachers except the gym teacher. One of my career choices that I am investigating is being an X-ray technician. This is looked at as a female job. I feel whether male or female it still takes the same amount of time and brain power to be successful. In this example the strength of a male could be an advantage when it comes to lifting or helping moving patients. This in my eyes is not feminine. Teachers have the same classification as when you think of a teacher, you think of a female. It still takes the same amount of time and brain power to be successful as a male teacher. Sometimes students relate better to men than women or vice versa. If a child comes to school fatherless or needs a male image in this case he/she would most likely prefer a male over a female. At the very least it should be an option.

Viviana

After reading this essay, I never took into consideration how much women are taking over the jobs of men but the men aren't doing the same. As I look back on my childhood years, I tend to realize that I hardly encountered any males in the fields that were stereotypically dominated by women, such as education. Although, I do strongly believe that men should be in the world of these so call "women-dominated jobs" because even though I didn't encounter many male teachers growing up, one of my favorite teachers was in fact a male. He was my second-grade teacher, and the first male teacher I had encountered, he will always be my favorite teacher because he brought new ideas to education that no other female teacher at the time had exposed us students to. By having males go into these women-dominated fields, it opens a new perspective to what the men have to offer and it can often better the field and grow it as a whole. Overall I do agree with the concept, that more males should be obtaining jobs such as teachers and nurses because it not only helps eliminate the barrier between what men and women can do as their job occupation but also brings new and fresh ideas to these jobs that have dominated by the same people for years.

L.M. Fusco

In a hyper-feminist world, Reeves article that recommends the inclusion of men is refreshing, and a great start to allow men to be part of the solution in our communities. I couldn’t agree more with Reeves. He touches on a controversial topic about men being nurturers in a world that historically would deem that behavior as weak. The mental health community needs caring professionals who will commit themselves to the healing of their communities. Men are healers! Just as woman can be. I have worked with many men in the mental health field, and they are discouraged from expressing their emotions. It is no wonder that they are also absent from positions where they could be demonized for having an interest in what is now called “a woman’s field”. Men as just as capable to undertake a position in the mental health community as a women, or non-binary person. This idea that men are not good enough could be viewed as a damaging, and fanatical aspect of society that excludes men from mattering. Reeves’ is a shining voice for the community at large to consider, and re-consider the perspective, and narratives that men are not good enough. That idea is just as damaging as when that narrative was pushed during the Women’s Suffrage movement. It holds no substance, and frankly is also outdated. Society benefits when we encourage, and include others in the areas of our communities that deserve the intelligence, logic, and understanding men are capable of providing, especially in the mental health world where care is needed now more than ever. We still have yet to see the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As those effects continue to reveal themselves, we need people on the frontlines alongside female mental health providers. We cannot do this all on our own.

Jasmarie J, Courtnie P.

The blog Richard V. Reeves "They Say" is started off with a quote made by Gloria Steinem that states “The way we get divided into our false notions of masculine and feminine is what we see as children.” This is a good approach to the "They Say", but the way the authors introduced this quote from Steinem was ineffective. Instead, Reeves could have introduced his "They Say" as more of a debate for readers to infer what Reeves is stating from what others are saying. To reword Reeves original "They Say" statement he should start off by saying:
In discussions of Gloria Steinem, one controversial issue has been the separation of masculinity from femininity. Others even maintain that gender stereotypes have decreased. My own view is there is slow progress but stereotypes are increasingly changing the numbers for occupations to genders.

Female occupations which Reeves refers to as HEALS include healthcare, education, administration, and literacy. Reeves believes that males should enter these fields more often because the blue-collar is disappearing and not enough men are entering HEAL fields, there are more people leaving these fields than entering, so more men can be available to help other men. Not enough men being in the HEAL fields are most important in creating an uncomfortable environment for other men who may not have the option of a male nurse, for example.

Alicia Bertolero

In Reeves' article, he defines traditional male occupations as those in science, medicine, engineering, law, and the military. These sectors require either extensive education or physical strength. I found the 1966 statistic for female law students (4%) particularly interesting as I am a female who intends to become a law student within the next two years. When I travel to Spokane County for work, I notice predominantly male attorneys in the courthouse. I also work for a male attorney. In contrast, I observed a noticeable difference when I was working in California a year and a half ago in that the gender gap was not as obvious as it is in Spokane and North Idaho.
I looked up the gender wage gap for both Idaho and California. I wasn’t incredibly surprised that the gender gap was less than $10,000 in California, but the gap grew to between $10,000 and $12,499 in Idaho. While I do not have enough information to draw a solid conclusion, I have a theory that, at least in part, the gender wage gap is fueled by the culture within the region. California, for example, trends as more liberal and more accepting or supportive of women in the workplace. Idaho, at least the Coeur d’Alene area where I am living, seems to trend more conservative. Even in the relatively conservative Spokane County court system, there is a trend to favor mothers as primary caregivers according to the traditional tender years doctrine.
Many of the families I have encountered in my neighborhood have mothers who manage the household exclusively, with husbands who work outside the home as exclusive breadwinners. Many children are homeschooled. It seems, then, that when there is a strong presence of women in the workplace who are supported by the culture, the gender gap begins to close. In a more conservative area where it’s expected that most women will be exclusively family and household managers, the gender wage gap increases. Perhaps this is because the cultural shift from one household breadwinner to two household earners isn’t just a simple transition. There must also be a shift in the job market to support this, and oftentimes, it’s the undereducated women who will fill those jobs, at least initially. I believe this may be a large contributor to building the precedence for HEAL jobs to be seen as traditionally “female”.
Aside from the necessary shift in the job market to begin supporting two-earner households, I believe there are other reasons why fewer men are entering the HEAL fields. May I be so bold as to bring religious culture into the discussion? Many religious communities defer the caregiving responsibilities to their female members. Meanwhile, men are expected to suppress all displays of emotion or anything appearing effeminate that would tarnish their image of being strong leaders for fear of not being respected in their communities. This means taking a job in the HEAL sector would be discouraged. The weight of providing for their families also lays on these men's shoulders, so men in this culture are drawn away from the lower-paid HEAL sector jobs and instead turn to the higher-paying positions. Nurturing is seen as a female attribute, and the idea of a nurturing male is foreign. I personally left a church culture that frowned upon women in the workforce, sending children to public schools, and men who displayed strong nurturing attributes. The shame placed on men in the religious culture for pursuing traditionally female jobs is a heavy motivator to overlook those jobs.

Alicia Bertolero

L.M. Fusco outlines one of the most prominent reasons why there are so many male vacancies in the HEAL sector jobs, and that is that men who pursue jobs viewed as nurturing might appear somehow weak. I agree with Fusco that men can be wonderful nurturers. In fact, I find it interesting that as I’m reading the other comments posted here, I see that many have said that they have never had male nurses, doctors, or therapists growing up. In fact, Reeves mentions therapists specifically, stating that men would be an asset in the mental health community, especially for male clients who would be more than hesitant to disclose something as sensitive as a pornography addiction to a female therapist. Moving out of a more progressive state, I did not experience this dynamic of female-dominated healthcare, and I never gave it a second thought that jobs in the medical and mental health sectors were somehow “female.” My primary care doctors were male, my children’s pediatrician was male, and my son’s therapist was also male. Moving to North Idaho, my OB/GYN doctor is male. I have had more exposure to male doctors and therapists than females in these professions. Fusco points out that it is damaging to exclude males in these professions simply because they are not seen as qualified to nurture, and I agree from personal experience with our family’s male providers. My second husband is also an incredible nurturer, and perhaps even more than I am. I believe our society benefits when both genders excel in their personal gifts instead of being constrained to what’s in the “traditional” box.

Jeremiah Williams

I think that we do need more men and women to work with children and to work in hospitals because there are a lot of people that need help and if there are people that need help recruiting they can ask the people who they are working with different ways to improve there recruiting technics.

Grace

The subliminal messages that society frequently sends, categorizing people into two binary groups and implying that gender has a limited range of experiences, including in the workplace, have really opened my eyes. Gloria Steinem stated in 1995, "The way we get divided into our false notions of masculine and feminine is what we see as children." This is extremely impactful for us as children because it can become the foundation of many of our beliefs regarding similar topics, such as gender identity and gender expression. Many people are compelled to conform in order to avoid exclusion, despite the limitations society has placed on the subject. Many of the gender stereotypes associated with several traditionally male professions have been shattered in recent decades. This, of course, is only the beginning, as terms like "female doctor" and "female police officer" sound outdated.

Olivia Smith

In Reeve’s article, it first started out saying that women are in healthcare jobs more than men are. The stigma that only women can be healthcare providers such as nurses and doctors has started to become more noticeable. He gives a story about his child saying he thought only women could be doctors. The reason men do not go into these professions is because we are see when we are little what men and women should go into. He gives and explanation that women have gone into man dominate fields, but men have not gone into women dominate fields. In the healthcare world, the nurturing job is seen as weak or soft. Men do not want to be seen as someone who nurtures because they do not want to be seen as soft. In my opinion, nobody should be judged based off of the career they choose. We need more men in healthcare and schools because other men and boys can relate to them when they need it. At the very least, they should be able to have the option to having a male therapist. I would want a woman therapist because I would be able relate and open up to her more. Everyone should have the option to do what they want in this world. We need to break the stigma.

Maria Sampson

In Reeve's article, it talks about how woman are in health care and education jobs more than men are. When we are little, the jobs we see men and woman doing are what we eventually think is normal. When I was little, I didn't think women could be firefighters, and I didn't think men could be nurses. This is because I never saw any female firefighters or male nurses when I was little. However now, more women are going into "men jobs" such as STEM jobs but, men are not going into "women jobs," such as healthcare and teaching. Men do not want to be seen as weak or too caring which is why they typically don't go into the female dominated careers. This stigma is something that our society has struggled with for ages, and in recent years more men are falling out of female dominate jobs than in past years. Personally, I think this is because of social media and the effect it has on so many people to act a certain way and be a certain way based on your gender.

Kate Dobson

It’s such a shame men are not in much female dominated professions. Females have been dismantling gender stereotypes for decades. Men can do the same if they tried. It is important to teach kids from a very early age that you can work in whatever profession you want. Low rates of men working in females dominated jobs would be gone if we taught males from a young age that gender stereotypes are not relevant. As Gloria Steinem said “The way we get divided into false notions of masculine and feminine is what we see as children.” That statement is very true. As young kids, their brains are much a like a sponge and take everything in. They learn from what they see. Let’s face the fact that blue collar jobs are disappearing and that we need males in the education system, healthcare, and etc. Men account for 24% of K-12 teachers and that percentage is much lower from the early 1980’s. One in ten elementary teachers are male. To get more males into female dominated professions we need to have a major culture change, so men can work “women’s jobs.” Woman have had to smash the gender stereotypes for a long time to enter male dominated jobs. Men will have to do the same to enter women’s jobs.

Mackenzie S

I think HEAL jobs are traditionally seen as more of a female profession because historically thats what they were. Jobs in healthcare like nursing and jobs in education like teaching were at times all women were allowed and able to do. The men were doing the big jobs, they women had to do the jobs the men didn't want. Now in days as Reeves stated there are ways in which we have made jobs more fair, through scholarships and opportunities women have gotten a more fair playing field when it come to professions then they have had in the past. However that does not mean the past will not remain. Men still hold the jobs they held throughout history and so do women. So yes healthcare and education is predominately women because it has almost always been that way. Education and healthcare overlap in many ways, they are both looking after people, both teaching people things, nothing using what they've learned for the betterment of others, and they do it for the betterment of society. They are selfless jobs. I agree with Reeves though, we do need more men in these fields. We need men for boys to look up to and see themselves in. Using tactics we used to equal the playing field for women is a great idea for this case, because its basically the same scenario.

Layna

I think that more men should be nurses and even though it is considered a "female job" with everything that has happened in the past 3 years with COVID and everything. There is a shortage on nurses. I think that men becoming nurses, doctors, CNA's, etc. will help inspire more and more guys to take interest in the healthcare profession. I also think that it will even out the field of it being just a "female job" and that it would be a more 50/50 job. In the article it says "Just 26% of HEAL jobs are held by men, which is down from 35% in 1980". So what this is saying is that men in the healthcare profession has gone down tremendously since 1980 and what they are trying to do is get that percentage back up. They want to help break "societal norms"

Madison M.

Growing up, I had the idea that girls could not be police officers or firefighters, and that boys could not be nurses or teachers. Having those role models in young people's lives are very important to show that you can have any job you want. Men tend to not go into jobs such as nursing or teaching because they do not want to seem too caring or weak. Society has dealt with this problems for many years, and it is a stigma that needs to be exposed. Men have been avoiding going into female dominated fields in recent years. I think that to fix this major issue, we need to expose children to they types of jobs they can pursue at an early age. Hospitals, schools, and other institutions need to aggressively recruit men in their programs.

Natalie Peters

Wow this essay really opened my eyes, and made me look back on my childhood. I noticed that as a kid, at my pediatrics my doctors were mostly women, there were only a few men there, but not many. In my grade school, and high school I have taken noticed that there are more women who are teachers, even the substitute teachers are mostly women. This article is about how there are less men in what we call a “woman’s workplace”. We have more women that are going into a so called “man’s workplace”. In the article he talks about how we all get caught up, divided into these false notions of masculine, and feminine. As children we are shown the professions for men and women, but anyone can do these jobs it doesn’t matter what your gender is. Hopefully this article shows people that are gender doesn’t go with our jobs, we can do any job, it shouldn’t be based on our gender.

Aubrey Hester

In Reeve’s article, it begins with a story that emphasizes the thought process of the way gender is seen through jobs. Reading about how often young children view nurses and jobs in the healthcare field as women and teachers in the education field as women as well, made me think back to when I was in grade school and I questioned quite often why there were so many female teachers instead of male teachers. As I grew up, I understood that there actually are quite a few male teachers and it will only continue to develop over time. Different jobs are viewed as primarily a job that either women or men work as. Construction and yard work are examples of fields of work that mostly men are seen to be working in, and education and healthcare are two that mostly women are seen to be the primary workers. I find it interesting how at such a young age, children develop the sense of understanding how gender plays a role in the workplaces.

Loamy

I agree with Reeve’s point, more men need to take jobs in “HEAL” fields. Many of these jobs are over looked and or even underpaid because it is seen as specific to only one gender. In the article,”Why America Needs More Men Working in Health Care and Education” written by Richard V. Reeves, Three important points the author makes on why men should take more jobs into HEAL are that it will benefit other men who seek medical, social or academic help and in their issues and feel more comfortable in seeking help and sharing they’re needs. Another reason for men to be included in more HEAL jobs is that it can decrease the gender pay wage gap and bring importance to occupations deemed as not laborious as another job. Similarly, there are jobs that pay low wages because of how society and big corps deems it as ‘low-effort’, such as bus drivers, convenience store workers, and sales workers. Most of these jobs don’t require higher education or even a high school diploma but the majority of jobs in education especially teachers and school administrators must go to college and obtain a bachelors or even masters degree to even be considered a job in their field. More men need to go into HEAL occupations in response to “effeminate pink collared jobs” and rid of the gender stereotype in all fields of work in America. Working in healthcare has exposed me to lots of situations and detrimental issues of others, it has taught me to be more patient and has also revealed to me how stereotypical and discriminative the workplace can be working in healthcare. As a cna (certified nursing assistant) our jobs consist of long hours looking over 20+ patients and the pay doesn’t equate to the workload, not many men are seen working in this position and since it is so female-dominated, we are undervalued and sometimes even mistreated.

Claire

I agree with Richard V. Reeves's argument in "Why America Needs More Men Working in Health Care and Education." believe that increasing the number of men in these sectors is essential for several reasons. Firstly, as Reeves points out, there is a decline in traditional male occupations, and men need to explore opportunities in other sectors, such as health care and education. With blue-collar jobs disappearing and the feminization of the labor market, men should consider these fields for employment. Furthermore, while some HEAL jobs may not pay as well as certain STEM jobs, there are still many positions within health care and education that offer good pay and benefits. Encouraging men to pursue these careers can provide them with stable employment and economic prospects. Secondly, there are significant labor shortages in critical occupations within health care and education. The retirement of a large number of registered nurses and the increasing demand for nurse practitioners necessitate the recruitment of more professionals in the field. Similarly, the teaching profession faces challenges, especially in certain cities and states where enrollment rates in teacher training programs have declined. Recruiting more men into these fields can help address the labor shortages and ensure the provision of quality care and education. Lastly, having a diverse workforce in health care and education benefits both clients and professionals. Men can provide a different perspective and meet the needs of male patients or students who may prefer male providers. For example, men seeking substance abuse counseling or assistance with sensitive issues may feel more comfortable discussing these matters with male counselors or therapists. Moreover, a closer match between users and providers in terms of gender can contribute to better outcomes and experiences for individuals receiving care or education. Additionally, addressing societal stigmas associated with men working in female-dominated professions is crucial to changing cultural perceptions and encouraging more men to pursue careers in health care and education.

Allison Hua

In this article, Reeves makes the point that there is a declining rate of men pursuing careers in health, education, administration, and literacy (HEAL) fields despite an increase in women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Reeve argues that there are three main reasons why more men should pursue HEAL fields. The first reason is that traditional male occupations, such as blue-collar jobs are declining. As a result, men are forced to look into HEAL sectors to find a job. Another reason men should pursue HEAL fields is because of labor shortages. For example, there is a significant teacher shortage at the moment, and without men involved in teacher recruitment, the issue will not be solved. The third reason men should pursue a career in the HEAL field is that boys and men will be able to gain better service. The reason for this is that if there are more men in the HEAL workforce, both boys and men have the option of gaining help from a man. This may be especially useful if they prefer to be helped by a man in medical situations such as needing help going to the bathroom. I agree with Reeves’ points, as it is important to ensure that the workforce is as equally shared as possible between men and women, rather than having one sex dominate certain fields. Despite women making progress in STEM fields, men have not begun making progress in HEAL fields, as the percentage of men in these fields has significantly dropped over time. I think that it is important that men are willing to pursue HEAL fields to better help others. Reeve’s point about allowing boys and men to gain better service was significant because it illustrates how having both men and women in the HEAL workforce is important to ensure the utmost best quality care for others. In the health field, male patients may be more comfortable being around and expressing their health concerns to a fellow male. Additionally, in education, young boys may be able to more easily relate and open up to a fellow male. In these two fields particularly, men must be involved, as their involvement in these fields makes a significant impact on others’ lives, as they can provide greater comfort to others. Reeve’s points illustrate that it is important for both men and women to break through stereotypical and traditional “men’s jobs” and “women’s jobs” to more effectively help others.

Jade Choi

I did not consider that there was an issue within the different fields of work due to men not wanting to "do a woman's job". I recognized the gender divide, but I was unaware of its occurrence within the health and education fields. Reeves tackles this issue and expresses the reasons as to why men are needed in these occupations. I completely agree with Reeves, especially his argument that it would provide a better service for boys and men. Many males look towards a male figure and provider. Additionally, I support Reeves' argument on how it would help with the labor shortages. He states that blue collar jobs are disappearing. There are greater benefits and advantages when working in HEAL jobs, as he explains it to be "health, education, administration and literacy" jobs. Reeves mentions how the traumatic pandemic has caused recruitments in our most important sectors to decline. It was extremely rough for generally all workers, however it became an even greater struggle with the laboring gender divide. Though throughout the decades there have been progress with gender stereotypes, most professions dominated by males have declined. Men should not hinder their potential and have the idea that jobs are assigned by gender. I believe it discourages their development and clouds their judgment. There was more advocacy for women to pursue jobs in HEAL or STEM, and now it should be the same for men. With more filling applicants for these occupations, it becomes beneficial for everyone- kids, adults, companies, workers, etc. The stigmatism around assigned jobs should be tackled and demolished. The gender stereotypes fail to provide benefits for oneself and society. Men with this mindset limit themselves to better jobs and interests that they could have explored. Not only would it be good for their personal economic prosperity, it would be helpful for society. I appreciate Reeves' awareness and active attention to the issue. For it allows readers like myself to be more knowledgeable of the circumstances within the world- especially career wise.

Laksh K

Richard Reeves makes an excellent point about the fact that more men are needed in HEAL positions. I agree with the argument that there should be scholarship programs in order to incentivize male entrants into these female-dominated fields. Strict adherence to gender roles can cause harm and negatively influence society, and this can be seen in the economic disenfranchisement and issues that women have faced. The harm to women caused by gender roles is what most of us think of automatically when discussing the topic, but as we see in the article, there are negative effects of these gender roles that affect men. For example, men facing mental and physical health challenges that may benefit from a male provider are turned away. As men are not pursuing fields that have been dominated by women but women have transitioned to creating space for themselves in traditionally male-dominated fields, there is a lack of providers in general, making the preference of male providers that male patients may be more comfortable with a wish instead of a reality. Over the past several decades, the gap between men and women in certain fields has decreased due to public investment and sustained efforts in leveling the playing field for women. The same efforts should be made for increasing the number of men in HEAL fields due to the fact that there is not enough economic opportunity for men as a gender to opt out of potentially pursuing careers in this field. In short, this is a serious issue affecting men, and treating it with the seriousness it deserves can translate into helping and supporting both men and women with other systemic and societal issues, along with closing the gap between men and women in workplaces. We are ignoring part of the problem of gender inequities and their repercussions when we refuse to treat the lack of men in HEAL fields with urgency.

Kay Dam

An important fact that Reeves failed to mention was stopgappers. If a desire to bring men to healthcare and education roles is important, then its most important to dismantle pre-existing gender roles within our society. Did you know cheerleading was considered manly? Not only that, but female student attendance is on the rise while male student attendance is stagnant. This is causing the minimization of education as more women pursue academia. Reeves also completely failed to recognize the trades, he claims it to be dying but just like everything else in our current economy, its rising demand as more of the workforce are retiring. I do not disagree with Reeves overall opinion that more men should enter the medical/education field; but rather than mention very important factors that are very directly involved in the decrease, he decided to tip toe and used supporting arguments instead of going straight to the throat. Feels like he could have added more meat to the bone and further indulged his readers.

Keith F.

Richard V. Reeves, the author, confers that there should be more men present in stereotypical “women's jobs” as women are doing with stereotypical “men's jobs” which I entirely agree with. You won't commonly find men in health professions because of the stereotype of it being a “woman's profession” due to women typically being seen as “histrionic” and “emotional.” Men aren’t largely populated as women are in the health business as a result of men being discouraged from expressing their emotions. This is a fundamental misconception since men are just as capable of doing a “woman's job” as a woman is with a “man’s job”, gender doesn’t contain more mental ability than the other. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had much experience with male doctors compared to female doctors. Adding on to that, I haven’t witnessed male nurses much either. Stereotypical jobs for specific genders need to be debunked so men and women can achieve the work they wish to pursue without the fears of being judged and deemed “weak” or “in over their heads”. Toxic masculinity needs to cease, especially in healthcare departments for men who wish to pursue a career in the medical or mental health field.

Shirls Q

In the article, Richard V. Reeves stated that we can see that women are starting to dominate over jobs that were usually seen to be a “man’s job.” However, more men aren’t pursuing “women's jobs”. Which I believe to be true. I’ve realized that people are pushing for more women to continue to pursue jobs in STEM and more male-dominated fields to go against the stereotypes that women can’t do what a man can. In contrast to men, the fact that they are barely pursuing jobs in HEAL and female-dominated jobs is because of the societal norms that men would then be seen as “nurturing.” Which typically doesn’t fit the gender stereotype of a man that society has created because “nurturing” to some men means “weak” or “soft.” In my opinion, I believe that more opportunities should be open for men to pursue HEAL jobs and that there should be equal effort in fighting society stereotypes of men as there are for women. I agree with Grace when she restated a quote from the article that said that “the way we get divided into our false notions of masculine and feminine is what we see as children.” This quote is in fact very impactful for us as children because what we see from men and women are what we will end up thinking is normal. For example, as a child, I had more teachers that were female than male and at my pediatrician, I’ve seen more female doctors and nurses than males. As I grew up, I also ended up having an idea that only females can be teachers, nurses, and doctors. Whereas only men can be police officers, business owners, firefighters, etc. According to Richard Reeves, his son who was six at the time didn’t believe that men could be doctors because he had rarely encountered a male physician. With this, I believe that there should definitely be more men in HEAL fields because it would allow boys to easily relate and open up. It will also help to break the stereotypical barriers that separate what a man or woman can and can’t do.

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