The gender binary
influences what society considers “normal” or acceptable behaviour, dress, appearance and roles for women and men. Gender
norms are a prevailing force in our everyday lives. Strength, action, and dominance are stereotyp-ically seen as “masculine” traits, while vulnerability, passivity, and receptiveness are stereotypically seen as “feminine” traits. A woman expressing masculine traits may be chastised as “overly aggressive,” while a man expressing “feminine” traits may be labelled as “weak.” Gender norms can contribute to power imbalances and gender in equality
in the home, at work, and in communities.