Gender Roles Of The Indian Society

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As we develop, we learn how to act from those around us. In this process, families are introduced to certain roles that are characteristically connected to their birth sex. The term gender role refers to society 's concept of how men and women are projected to behave. These roles are typically founded on customs or standards, fashioned and often enforced by society. In many cultures such as in the United States, male roles are usually related with power, and governance, while female roles are usually associated with passivity, fostering, and subordination.
In India out of all the factors that dictate whether you will be successful-caste, class, economic status-the most important is something you have no control over, your gender. While several other countries are categorized by social discrimination, possibly nowhere else in the world has inequality been so intricately created as in the Indian society of caste? Although some upper class segments of Indians populace, down plays caste giving the illusion that it has been eliminated or that "no one pays attention to gender caste rolls any longer," such proclamations do not mirror reality.
Even with the incorporation of religion and the female, Indian traditional society was fundamentally sexist. Social institutions such as purdah, created a culture where women underwent significant subjugation. Purdah once guaranteed the segregation of women particularly those of high caste from social and political life (Veiling and…

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