People are afraid to stray from what they have been conditioned to think by society. They believe that they aren’t doing anything wrong, because the patriarchy rewards them for acting a certain way. The problem is that just because something is the norm, doesn’t mean that it’s the only right answer or solution. This paper highlights that in specific ways. Humans feel the need to categorize everything, but gender isn’t something that is black and white.
In today’s society, gender roles are now distributed more equally, and discrimination on the basis of gender has seen a marginal decrease. Burke 2012 states, “In this new age, men are often "house-husbands" while their wives go out to work. Many women who do things typically associated with men are as muscular as men, and indeed look like men. There are policewomen and female soldiers who are rougher than the men.” This shows that there are many male dominated activities that are now being pursued by females. These new developments and changes in gender roles have aided in the fight to have gender inequality and discrimination discontinued both in society and the workplace.
What Influences Gender Role Specifics Within Society? Colleen Ann Jardine Thongsook College, July 2016 Abstract The family unit, education, and the media play a huge role in socially constructing genders to into specific behaviors and roles that are the expected and termed “norms” within society. Children are made aware of the cultural and societal norms through subtle messages at a very young age and it has been embedded in them by the age of 4 or 5. Children, being at a disadvantage accept it as a natural form of behavior which has lasting effects, good and bad right into their adulthood. Unfortunately, not all adults realize the true reality and continue the same cycle with their offspring.
In Allan G. Johnson’s article, Patriarchy, The System he states that “manhood and masculinity [are] most closely associated with being human and womanhood and femininity [are] relegated to the marginal position of ‘other’” (74). This demonstrates how, in our own society as well as Hall’s post-apocalyptic society, men view women as objects, as others, and therefore, do not need to see their issues or acknowledge them at all. Through male privilege, men see women’s issues as less important; thus, disregarding woman’s emotions and experiences. Similar to Andrew, our patriarchal society believes there is much more important issues at hand than feminist
Society told women and men alike to marry despite their actual feelings because love had no true value over tangible items. People rather fulfill expectations to gain social acceptance thus achieving lifelong happiness. The expectations were so heavy that men and women would often hop city to city in search of a lover whom would be able to meet all of the criteria necessary to obtain the notice of others. Without each other, gender roles wouldn 't be possible to satisfy and thus validation wouldn 't be acquired. The fear of being ostracized from society, ran their lives.
A simple way of putting is this; imagine if you were a robber. You robbed someone, and now you’re going to go to jail. Now if you think about that in the context of gender roles, one can see that if you believe gender roles do not negatively affect others, it would not only negatively affect others but affect your life as well. To those who believe gender roles do not inhibit the development of men and women, I ask you this: How do gender roles help you? You may believe you want your children to be raised in the right way, but I would argue that when you force gender roles on your kid, it causes them to grow up in the wrong way.
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.
Even in society, that idea is illustrated on TV shows, movies, as well as in schools. As a male you are taught at a young age to be more assertive and self-assured so that when you become an adult you are able to excel in your career and have a sense of power. 2. If I have sex with a lot of people, it won’t make me an object of contempt or derision. • I agree with this privilege because of how sex is perceived in today’s society.
Currently, widespread stereotypical views regarding masculinity and femininity divide occupations in a society. Liben et al. (2014) state that the older demographic strongly believe that certain societal roles are only appropriate for a particular gender (P.145). This is strongly evident in the 21st century since men represent the workforce while women manage domestic affairs (Charlebois, 2012, P.201). The general public is also unwilling to accept positions that deviate from these stereotypes and criticizes people that do not conform to these standards (Hoffman et al., 2000, P.496).
Whether it be in the workplace or walking down the street there is always going to be more pressure and judgment being focused on women than men. Why is this? Gender plays a big role on the reflection of our identities to society. We have been brought to believe that there are certain ways men and women should and should not act, dress and talk. These social norms do not just apply to what is acceptable in regards to public safety but rather, it is used as a way to control and evaluate behavior.