The Importance Of Traditional Gender Roles

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The definition of a gender role is; “the pattern of behavior, personality traits and attitudes defining masculinity or femininity in a certain culture. Determined by the upbringing that may or may not conform to a person 's gender identity” (Psychology Dictionary). The study of gender roles is not a new topic in social psychology. What is new though is how “traditional” gender roles have been continuously evolving. “Today we accept a lot more diversity and see gender as a continuum (i.e. scale) rather than two categories. So men are free to show their “feminine side” and women are free to show their “masculine traits” (McLeod 2014). American culture has gone from ad campaigns in the 1950’s showing a man spanking his wife for not testing the coffee before she bought it to an androgynous woman being the face and “muscles” of a nationwide MAC cosmetics campaign, ironically; both of the ad campaigns were/are socially acceptable within American culture. During the 1960’s the feminist movement began and this movement began to change how women viewed themselves. With this new found outlook on their lives, women began wanting to get a better education for themselves, jobs outside the home and break out of their traditional roles. The feminist movement started the first transition stage into the overlapping of gender roles that we now see in American society today. “Women have been earning more bachelor 's degrees than men since 1982 and more master 's degrees since 1981. As of

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