Gender Roles Has Created An Ideal Set Of Rules And Behaviors

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Essay #1 Have you ever heard the expression “act like a lady” or “real men don’t cry” and why do you suppose that is? The answer to the question is gender roles; society has created an ideal set of rules and behaviors that both men and women need to follow. These roles have been passed down from generation to generation to the point where both men and women are finally questioning why they have to live by a certain standard. No one knows for certain how gender roles came about or when they were created. These roles have been oppressing and crippling men and women because most of them have been told to act a certain way their whole life; gender roles are another form of judgment and need to stop. Men and women today have been blending and blurring the lines of gender roles which is an important breakthrough in order to move forward as a society. Most people are aware of the gender roles that are in place in today’s society either by watching their parents growing up or simply being told what do and how to act. An example of this can be found in Aaron Devor’s Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender he explains what the gender roles are as well as how they affect men and women when he writes “These two clusters of attributes are most commonly seen as mirror images of one another with masculinity usually characterized by dominance and aggression, and femininity by passivity and submission.” (390). This basically means that all men need to be better
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