The Importance Of Gender Roles

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Gender roles in today’s world are now simply defined by how one feels and can change on a dime. In spite of this false reality, there are indeed biological differences between men and women and therefore, biological differences between mothers and fathers. Do these biological differences make an impact when we look at the care given to an infant or child? I argue that it may not necessarily be as biological as it is the definitions of roles our society and even our own households have placed on the roles of mother and father. When we look at the history of men and women outside of their parental roles, we see a lot of differences. There are always exceptions to the rule, but in general, women are gentle, poised and empathetic. Men enjoy rough housing, play and sport and are fearless. These qualities between the sexes influence and help make a whole person, and even more-so, play crucial roles in the early development of a child. However, are these characteristics strictly only influential if the gentleness comes from the mother or the fearlessness comes from the father? “Usually, mothers are caregivers and fathers are playmates, but not always…Traditional mother-father roles may be switched with no harm to the baby.” (Berger, 2016, p.148). Ultimately, research seems to prove that it isn’t the biology of the mother or father, but the kind of relationship each parent is having with their infant or child. Humans are highly adaptive and in the midst of parenting, can be good

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