“A man’s job is to earn money; a woman’s job is to look after the home and family”. The definition of how a man or a woman should act have recently been redefined by society. Males were supposed to be the strong, dominant figures, in the workplace, providing for their families while females should be the submissive figures, managing the cleaning, cooking and the children. The balance of culture would have been disrupted had anyone drifted away from these definitions. In the 1980’s, a man playing housewife was ludicrous, and a woman being the sole provider for the family was considered outlandish.
Thirdly, most wives in the late 19th-20th century didn’t have much of an education, because they were forced to stay home and take care of domestic tasks. Today, they receive the same education as their husbands, and are treated equally, if not more respectfully than men are. They have the same rights and freedoms, but unfortunately are paid less, and are given lower-ranked positions than men. Thus, it is better to be a wife in the 21st century rather than have to face the difficulties wives had to face in earlier times. Rather than have to face these obstacles, and be treated worse than they deserve, being a wife in the 21st century brings women much more freedom.
In terms of gender and power, I think that the writers and producers have stuck with the societal stereotype of men being the more powerful characters. House, M.D. aside, we live in a society where men hold the power and are able to gain power much more easily than women. Women tend to have far more barriers to getting power. Take a look at Hillary Clinton for example.
The roles and expectations of women were based on the perception that women were inferior to men. Frist, there were numerous tasks and roles for women in the 17th century. Women were to obey and serve their husbands which included tending to their children, maintaining the household, and other chores around the house. Governor John Winthrop stated, “A ‘true wife’ would find contentment only in subjection to her husband’s authority.” (George Brown Tindall, 110) The modal woman at this time was one who would silently do as she was told by her husband. However, there were other roles for women.
For instance, if a woman goes out looking for a job in the construction field, more than likely the employer will not hire them if there are males trying to fill the position. Although woman are still kind of expected to be the house keepers and the ones to take care of the children, these tasks are much more evenly distributed between the males and female now days compared to in the Victorian era. In this day and age we also see more single parent household, with more than 30% being male single parent
Although it has become acceptable for women to work and men to take care of the kids, men and women were subjected to different roles in the 1920’s. Men worked to pay the bills, while the wife stayed at home to take care of the house and the kids. Women were seen as inferior to men
Sexism is the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex (Dictionary.com). Examples of this would be the pay gap between women and men, and how men get paid more for doing the same jobs as women. Some say that sexism in our country is not relevant any more, but that is not the case. Today, sexism still affects how various peopletreat each other, and how children are educated and raised. Within modern America, children are consistently put into roles and expected to stay within them; instances of this often happen within preschools, elementary schools, and even within the home.
I realize the privilege that these individuals, and myself have, even if we aren’t in the same class exactly, but everyone can have a financial struggle and change class in some way. I think my marriage has helped shape my current view of those who are of different class. My wife came from a higher-class family where she had all her basic needs met and have a father that fully payed for her and her brother’s private education. I did not have this luxury and our backgrounds constantly clash, but now, we are in the same SES. I learned from her that even though she had the luxury of a stable home, meals, for example, her family still faced financial hardship, granted, it wasn’t the same, but by listening to her story, I realized that everyone goes through financial struggles, which was a concept that was difficult for me to grasp because of my background.
Many societies have different forms of this but fundamentally they are all quite similar, the women are subject to men within the marriage and outside the marriage. Monogamy developed in more detail, primarily for women, after the development of private property and lineage. All this so the man can be certain that he is the father of a certain child of a certain woman. The idealised image of a women in the 19th and 20th century was as stay at home mother, who cooked, cleaned, care for the children and fawned over her husband, who went out to work daily. Things have gradually been changing since the late 20th century, women have been gaining more rights as the century carries on.
Gander stereotypes could limit women’s and men’s capacity to develop their personal abilities. There are many gender stereotypes about men and women such as men are leaders, men are strong, men are rulers, but women are treated conversely like a second gender. In the poem "Rite of Passage," Sharon Olds describes all today's stereotypes about male and shows how the world views a normal man in a society. Also, in the writing "The War Against Boys" Christina Hoff Sommers writes Patricia O'Reilly opinion about that "It is really clear that boys are Number One in this society and in most of the world" (283). All those gender stereotypes could lead to misogyny, sexual harassment, and violence into families, at school, even on streets.