Gender Roles In Japanese Society

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For thousands of years, men were seen to be the hunters and builders, where they killed animals for food as well as build a shelter for the family. Women were seen to be the gatherers, picking plants to eat as well as being the homemakers, taking care of children, doing laundry, and cooking.

In the United States, women hold jobs as well as hold the duty of being homemaker. “Men still enjoy considerable power and affluence...hold[ing] the highest paying and most prestigious jobs and are regarded as the primary providers and sustainers of the family” (Pitlane). Therefore, one can see similarities in the division of labor from thousands of years ago, but altered in a way that women are taking on more roles by having jobs.
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The woman is only the homemaker. The man is supposed to be the breadwinner for the family who has a job and rarely performs any domestic work. However, if women take on work roles, “Japanese society generally adopts a chauvinistic attitude toward women who regard the career as more important than the family” (Pitlane). Therefore, women are being looked down upon for having jobs. This does not help them when promotions come out, because “in the business world, the men call the shots” (Pitlane). India’s gender roles are similar to Japan, where “a woman’s sole purpose in life is to devote her life to her husband and children…[and] are thought to eat and do nothing” (Pitlane). In the farm areas of India, one would see the woman gathering crops by hand, while the man uses the farm equipment. However, as modernization occurs, it is seen that “it is becoming increasingly regular to see women enjoying income earning jobs and developing independence” and that they are trying to improve their status in society (Pitlane).
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