Gender role refers to those behaviors and attitudes that are considered to belong to one sex. Gender role is based on femininity and masculinity that differentiate women and men by giving men some roles and women which results to gender inequality. There some work in society that is regarded to belong to women such as cooking, taking care of children and other less important roles while men are given roles that makes them superior than women. Most of the gender roles associated with women makes them inferior and creates a room to be oppressed. Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men.
In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Ruth have a personality that correlates to the traditional gender expectation. Walter has an abrupt nature, while Ruth is demure and quiet; the temperament of the two characters corresponds to a man expectation to be dominant and superior to women. Walter comments, “Don’t call it that. See there, that just goes to show you what women understand about the world. Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ’less you pay somebody off!”
In a society that promotes promiscuity under the idea that “everyone belongs to everyone else”, the men are hypocritically taught to refer to their intercourses with women not as a mutual and intimate relationship, but as “having” a certain girl as if she is an possession or food (Huxley 49). This verb not only suggests power dynamic in which men own women but also equates women to object that serves to satisfy men’s sexual desire just as food satisfies people’s hunger. Furthermore, men are encouraged to treat women not as sexual partners but as dehumanized and senseless meat. Alpha males like Henry Foster often talks about Lenina in a manner that is “degrading her to so much a mutton” and is often surrounded by the idea that “she doesn’t mind being meat” (Huxley 51, 92). Thinking about women like lesser-than-human muttons and enforcing the idea that women brought this dehumanization upon themselves alleviate men’s guilt of disregarding the human consciousness, desires, and will as they use women to fulfill sexual desires.
A woman should be strong, but not too strong or shes masculine. These stereotypes are not helpful to society and only lead to judgement. Gender roles don’t just effect women, they hurt men too. "Men are Stuck" Emily Alpert Reyes discusses the stereotypes that surround men.
Notions such as “sex sells” are not necessary true, for the observers recognize the damaging images in which women are portrayed. Advertisements that depict possessive and violent men toward women are should not be selling. For example, “no”does not mean “convince me”, when taken otherwise may lead to sexual abuse. Despite that both genders can be objectified, it is women who are more at risk due to the already established idea that women are more vulnerable.
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables.
Pollitt maybe thinks that logically women only follow difference feminism because it makes them feel good, this shouldn’t be the case. Pollitt may be suggesting that the ideas of difference feminism can be countered by looking at the world. Difference feminists claim that the lives of men and women are distinct. Pollitt logically claims that, “The ultimate paradox of difference feminism is that it has come to the fore at a moment when the lives of the sexes are becoming less distinct than they ever have been in the West” (411). Pollitt’s logic is that we all seen how women have dominated roles that were considered just for men.
A man is a gift to a woman while a woman is a gift to a man and the gift cannot be separated from the difference in sexual being (36). However, the sexual revolution has degraded the perceptions men and women have for each other. They view one another as predators or objects of pressure, and they do not complement the dignity as well as the glory of the people of the opposite sex. Esolen argues that sexual revolution denounces the idea of gender as being intrinsic to the human nature whereby young people are encouraged to come up or craft whatever gender they feel comfortable to be. According to Esolen, God as well as nature did not wish for there to be single families, women to be in the military or men to be live without wives.
The scene further showcases that male desire is much more complicated than it would first seem and a less universal phenomenon, as far as ideals are concerned, than men are aware of or even care to admit. Men do not want their masculinity to be threatened and are willing to hide and even change their preferences in women just to protect their masculinity in society. It is a commentary on men and the male attitude towards women, revealing that men view women as sex objects. Moreover they will only consider a women attractive if she is marketable and accepted as a sex object because then she will be labeled by society as “attractive”. They want to agree on the consensus that would showcase a perfect woman without any flaws, however they are suppressing the fact that these differences and distinctions is what make women distinct individuals and these differences and distinctions are what the men are attracted to; however the men who were dominating the conversation while talking about the “flaw less women” are never going to agree with that.
Patriarchy is the system engrained within our society that promotes men as the dominate and privileged group (Johnson, 6). While patriarchy is a system, sexism and misogyny are the two tools which enforce and benefit from that system. Sexism is defined as a personal prejudice, which reinforces male privilege in society (16). Though it is felt on a more individual level and effects women in different ways, sexism works on a larger scale to have women seen as the inferior and subordinate group (170).
The “contradictory directive”, or conflicting ideals, is that women have been granted the freedom to understand themselves, but only to a certain point which keeps them from being able to reach self actualization, or a truly liberating sense of happiness (Bell 27). This is a subtle mental tactic that men use to keep control over women. The end result