How Does Gender Roles Influence Worldviews

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INTRODUCTION We are all different. We are born as unique human beings, until we are described as either male or female. These descriptions put us in boxes and instead of making us unique, different humans they try make us all the same. All females have their roles to play and all males have their roles to play. Our behaviour, choice of sport and clothing, the way we walk and talk is all predetermined by our gender. This essay will be discussing gender and how gender roles influence worldviews, as well as, the impact of worldviews on stereotypical gender roles. Within this essay will be an analogy taken from a sermon at a church, and the analogy is called ‘the blinkers’. Within that comes three things to help us understand why, in this context (not a Christian one), there is such miscommunication and conflict concerning this topic and they are the misunderstanding blinker, the superiority blinker and the freedom blinker. GENDER ROLES – WORLDVIEWS Before we can research and understand how gender roles influence worldviews we need to have a clear understanding and definition of what gender is, therefore, “gender is either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behaviour.” (Dictionary.com, 2016) With that, we can look at the definition of gender roles, starting with the fact that its culturally determined. These cultures then expect specific behaviour, attitude and activities for each gender and that then

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