Gender Inequality Of The American Family

845 WordsSep 5, 20164 Pages
Christina Cauterucci (2016) introduced shocking findings related to current gender norms in America from a recent study that was published by Indiana University researchers. These findings indicated that rigid gender expectations related to household labor continue to persist in American families. These findings may have come as no surprise during the 1950’s. However, since the 1950’s social movements and organizations have emerged and focused much of their time on the unequal division of household labor in American households. For example, Lamanna et al. (2012) explained how the feminist movement developed in the 1960’s and made strides towards abolishing inequality between males and females in American households (p. 41). This movement was inspired by an interest in adopting elements from Karl Marx’s conflict theory to explain the inequalities of the American family. From here, feminist theory arose and was used to address power differentials between individuals of American families. Overall, the theory has largely focused on gender related issues that are rooted in the idea that American society is, in fact, a male dominated patriarchy. With movements like this in mind, one would think that previous generations’ norms related to gender and household chores would have weakened by now, but the findings introduced by Cauterucci (2016) have suggested quite the opposite. Gender norms and expectations continue to persist despite radical changes to the American family. The new
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