Gender and Gender Roles Chyna Coulanges Master of Social Work, Walden University SOCW 6051: Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice Dr. Candice Beasley October 8 th , 2023
2 Messages Have Influence on Experience With Gender My family has always followed a very standard way of doing things. When I was a child, there were just guys and girls, and that's how I learnt to think about gender roles and the responsibilities that go along with them. I was cautioned that it was considered a "sin" to be in the presence of someone of the same sex while attending a church service. When I was in my final year of high school and beginning my first year of college, I noticed that I was beginning to see things differently. I learned a whole new way of thinking and living as a result of my time spent in school. I was able to make friends with people coming from a diverse range of backgrounds and find out about their experiences. Even though I didn't have access to this information until I was an adult, I'm grateful that I was able to go into every conversation with an open mind and a desire to learn new things. When working with clients that come from a variety of different backgrounds and have a variety of different viewpoints, it is essential for practitioners to be aware of the unconscious biases that they themselves have (Marsiglia et al., 2021). I ensure that I am always aware of my client's answers and reactions, I make it a habit to maintain a level of awareness throughout my communication responsibilities and to do so consistently. Addressing Issues Related to Sexism, Diverse Beliefs About Gender and Gender Roles One advantage of lacking familiarity with sexism and gender stereotypes is the opportunity for ongoing personal and collective enlightenment. At the same time, it is important to note that I am committed to refraining from imposing my own perspectives upon any client. I am committed to approaching conversations with a receptive mindset and demonstrating
3 empathy towards the individual I am engaging with, irrespective of any differences of opinion we may have. During skills lab, a role-play exercise was conducted when I assumed the position of a social worker. In this scenario, a client expressed their reluctance to collaborate with me on the grounds that my religious affiliation as a Christian implied a lack of support for homosexual rights. In my response, I asserted that my religious affiliation is not relevant to the individual's treatment. While avoiding excessive disclosure, I clarified that I do wear a cross necklace, but emphasized that this does not imply complete adherence to rigid religious principles. Due to the client's receptiveness, I redirected the attention away from my own ego. The Importance of Separating Personal and Professional Values In my personal life, my personal values act as a guiding force, and in my professional life, my professional values are what guide the decision-making process inside of my job. The confusion of one's personal and professional principles has the potential to result in apathy, hidden prejudice, and stressful situations. My personal goals include the establishment of a family at some point in a later time frame, and I have plans to do so at some point in the near future. It is probable that a person's decision to temporarily suspend the pursuit of their work goals in order to prioritize the aspirations of their family may have an effect on the person's chances of progressing in their professional pursuits (Marsiglia et al., 2021). If an individual chooses to prioritize the aspirations of their family above their job goals, this choice may have an effect on the individual. It is crucial that both principles be in effect at the same time, and I must have faith in their capacity to serve their respective purposes without interfering with one another.
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