The Deinstitutionalization Of Marriage And The Sanctification Of Gendered Marital Roles

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Baker, E. H., Sanchez, L. A., Nock, S. L., & Wright, J. D. (2009). Covenant marriage and the sanctification of gendered marital roles. Journal Of Family Issues, 30(2), 147-178.
This article contains research on the deinstitutionalization of marriage and the changing gender roles by focusing on a unique group of marriages. The authors use quantitative and qualitative research data from previous studies. The article reveals that covenants are more traditional than standards across religious, marital, and gender attitudes. It discusses covenant-married couples as opposed to other married couples (homosexuals). “Qualitative analyses suggest that covenants see their marital status as a powerful symbol to publicly display their beliefs about …show more content…

The author defines “sex-typed” as a group that possesses gender characteristics that we typically assign to other genders. That being said gay men are typically perceived to be more feminine than straight men. The author also discusses lesbians but for the sake of this study I will only be covering the other. The author also explores how people perceive the level of masculinity and femininity of people whose sexual orientation is ambiguous, and whether there is a difference in perception depending on whether the target is male or female. The results from this study suggests that people 's perceptions of the degree to which a bisexual individual is masculine or feminine depend on how masculinity and femininity are measured in their communities. However, there is also some support for the concept that bisexual people are generally perceived to be androgynous as opposed to cross sex-typed.

Holz, I., & Gibson, R. (2009). Gendered relationships on television: portrayals of same-sex and heterosexual couples. Mass Communication & Society, 12(2), 63-104.
This article covers the belief that intimate heterosexual couples often exhibit power imbalances in gender role behaviors, with one partner more dominant and the other more submissive. This exhibition is different for gay couples as it is unclear whether the same is true for their relationships. It is suggested that television portrays both heterosexual and homosexual couples as gendered. This content

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