Gender Roles in Society

1047 Words Feb 23rd, 2018 4 Pages
They shape our behavior and values, thoughts and feelings, even going so far as to denote a person’s worth. Gender roles are present in everyday situations. In the past they strictly dictated the behavior of people in the community (the right to vote, occupations women were allowed to work in), though in the recent past have become more subtle and more successfully challenged. In some instances they are learned consciously, in others they are more subtly ingrained in our lives. Put simply, they are ubiquitous not only in intimate partner violence, but in almost every part of our lives.
As such domestic violence is intricately tied to the gender roles of the community in which it occurs. In earlier course reading material it was noted that the rates and severity of domestic violence differ dramatically between countries and appear to be related to the amount of importance that the community puts on traditional gender roles. Communities like Afghanistan have frequent honor killings which are condoned, and at times, expected. Places like Pakistan differ from places like Japan in frequency of domestic violence (70-90% and 20% respectively). It is not surprising that in countries with more frequent and severe intimate partner violence, that women are valued considerably less and in some places seen as a liability (this is the reason for dowries, the husband is essentially taking a…
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