Gender Roles Essay

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Gender Roles

Women and men have extremely different roles in society. These gender roles are very evident in the way we see ourselves as women, which is based on how we have been treated in the past and the actions in history we have taken toward gender equality. Katha Pollitt expresses her feminist view in her work "Why boys don't play with dolls."

"Instead of looking at kids to "prove" that differences in behavior by sex are innate, we can look at the ways we raise kids as an index to how unfinished the feminist revolution really is, and how tentatively it is embraced even by adults who fully expect their daughters to enter previously male-dominated professions and their sons to change
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Scott Russell Sanders brings forth to his male point of view concerning the sensations of guilt and shame over their persecution of women in "The Men We Carry in Our Minds…and How They Differ from the Real Lives of Most Men." He says to a friend of his "This must be a hard time for women, they have so many paths to choose from, and so many voices calling them." He also says growing up he really envied women because they got to do things like; shop, visit neighbors, and run errands. Sanders goes on to explain… " I didn't see, then, what a prison a house could be…I did not realize, because such things were never spoken of-how women suffered from men's bullying."

Being a modern woman is definitely a double-edged sword and has many complexities. Feminism has taught us, that as women we are equal to men and we must demand and fight for that equality, while the influence of gender roles makes us demand chivalry from men. We expect the same high paying jobs as men; yet we demand that men do things like open doors for us. This could be viewed as the result of many issues, but it all boils down to one simple concept: respect or actually lack of respect. Throughout history we as women have been put into many roles-the homemaker, the bad driver, the weak ones, and

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