Gender Roles And Its Impact On The Family Structure

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In this paper I will discuss gender role and its impact on inequality. I will discuss gender inequality and its impact on creating as well demolishing families. I will mention different family structures and how gender roles have changed throughout time. I will explain how feminism has given opportunities to women and in effect transformed the family structure. First let me define gender. Gender is composed of three parts: biology, gender roles, and sexuality. Gender roles are the behaviors, attitudes, appearance, and etcetera that a specific culture has deemed appropriate for a specific sex. May I note that gender roles can and do vary between cultures. Some cultures even include a third gender category because not everyone fits within…show more content…
In our society we have come to believe that because a man is physically stronger (generally speaking) he is the one in charge of protecting the woman. Even though there are many women who are perfectly capable of protecting themselves. So when two women are together in a relationship gender roles are blurred. There are those who don’t understand who will fill the role of protector. This is why I believe that gender role does more harm than good. In our culture, boys and girls are taught every day- either consciously or subconsciously- how they are supposed to act. For example, when we see commercials with military toys for boys and pretty little princesses for girls. In movies and television, men are the heroes in which they save the women. We all have heard the expression, “boys will be boys”, when they are rough-housing or playing rambunctiously. However, girls should not partake in these activities for they may get hurt and that’s not how a lady acts anyway. Therefore boys receive the message that boys are to be in charge and dominant and the girls should be submissive (socialization approach). “Society’s expectations about how to behave are transmitted to children through channels such as parents, books, television, and peer groups. In these ways, cultural differences between men and women are reproduced in the next generation. (Public and Private Families)” In our culture
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