And vice versa. Gender is not specific your interest, likes, dislikes, goals, and ambitions" - Connor Franta author of "A Work in Progress" Gender roles are a set of ideas societies assigns to certain genders, such as boys must be strong and girls must be able to clean and cook for the family. These stereotypes dictate what is "normal" for a male or female to do While gender roles are found all throughout the world, the ideas are very different in one country to the next. I have read multiple sources and done research on gender roles and how they vary around the world. The 3 points I will cover today are gender roles in the United States, the Middle East, and how gender roles are changing in these countries.
Throughout history, we have seen the same stereotypes placed on gender, men should be strong and brave. They are the ones that support their families while women are the caregivers and the nurturers and handling the household. According to Emily Kane in “Glamour Babies” and “Little Toughies”, “gender is not a straightforward amplification of underling biological differences between male and females; rather, gender is constructed through social processes and enforced through social mechanisms.” With that being said Kane feels that we should not limit ourselves to those preconceived notions of what men and women can do. According to Kane, we should not believe that men and women could not develop certain mental or psychological attributes merely because of their sex. This mean that we do not have to fall into the trap of preconceived notions, such as; if we are born a girl we will love the color pink and do poorly in mathematics.
This essay focuses on the extent to which men and women conform to their gender roles in the western culture. Generally, we see people swapping the words ‘gender’ and ‘sex’, which is wrong. We are born with a sex allotted to us. Both ‘biological sex’ and ‘gender’ are distinctive. Gender is not associated with one’s physical constructive, then again, it is far more confounding.
This all has to do with the issue of status in social aspects. There is the general perception that the masculine traits occupy a higher position than feminine traits. Looking at the issue of sexual orientation, for woman behaving in a masculine way, it does not raise eyebrows, however if a man were to behave like a woman, this will no doubt be a big deal. The man will most certainly be referred to as a homosexual. In the workplace however it is the women on the receiving end in the event of deviation.
In any societies, there is the stratification by sex, that is, they differentiate whether somebody is a female or a male. Sex is the biological aspect of someone, whether that person was born as a boy or a girl. It depends on the reproductive system. If we consider the biological explanation, then it would be the xx chromosome or xy chromosome, whereas gender is the fashion where society highlights the sexual differences amongst men and women. From the moment we are born, our lives are shaped by our biological identity that is sex, which later on, is influenced by an unlimited number of social, cultural, environment and psychological forces.
Gender roles are beliefs about the ways in which communal and societal roles are defined by gender (Slavkin&Stright, 2000). In traditional families, traditional gender roles are common. The male is the breadwinner; while the female is responsible for childcare and housekeeping. This pattern defines masculinity as assertive, aggressive, and independent (Eagly, 1987; Eagly & Steffen, 199284) and femininity is defined as emotional, sensitive and nurturing (Bem, 1981; Slavkin&Stright 2000). Gender differences have been discussed thoroughly by many researchers in the fields of language, education and others(see for instance, Locke, 2011, Okamoto, Slattery Rashotte, & Smith-Lovin, 2002, and &Kiesling, 2007).
Biology identifies that we are male and female by our genitals. A typical man would more likely feel uncomfortable with having a set of breasts and a typical woman would also feel uncomfortable with a penis. Asma claims gender to be "Socially constructed roles, behaviors and traits of male and female". This claim is proven to be true various times in Gould 's piece. We weren 't born to be male and female, we were taught how to execute our roles by
As society has grown and has shaped from the beginning of time, the difference between gender, sex, and identity has not become such a well-known issue until recently. Most people do not realize the difference between gender and sex; Sex is biological while gender is based on the social role of the person. The biggest part that society has to realize is that everyone's gender identity, a person's perception of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex, is personal and varies from person to person. The idea of girls being girls and boys being boys and never “switching” is an older way of thinking that does not work in the modern society we have today. Gender roles, the role or behavior learned by a person as appropriate to their gender, determined by the prevailing cultural norms, are starting to change; Women used to have to stay home and care for the home and children but women today are more powerful than ever and hold very important jobs while men have taken on more household responsibilities.
I think a person’s gender shouldn't matter too much in the role they play in their day to day life. Gender roles have been around forever. They have gotten a lot better, but women and men are still labeled to certain things and jobs. The traditional way of life would be for the man to do all of the hard work and have a job. On the other hand, the woman should stay at home so she can watch the kids and have time for cleaning and cooking.