Women and Men Are Nestled Into Predetermined Cultural Molds When It Comes to Gender in American Society

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Women and men are nestled into predetermined cultural molds when it comes to gender in American society. Women play the roles of mothers, housekeepers, and servants to their husbands and children, and men act as providers, protectors, and heads of the household. These gender roles stem from the many culture myths that exist pertaining to America, including those of the model family, education, liberty, and of gender. The majority of these myths are misconceptions, but linger because we, as Americans, do not analyze or question them. The misconception of gender suggests that biological truths no longer dictate our gender roles as men and women; they derive from cultural myths. We, as a nation, need to do severe critical thinking about this…show more content…
This bend in the gender rules would have, previously, been unheard of, but in the evolution of gender in the family, it's now socially acceptable, and very common. What is even more common is the change in gender in primetime television, and film. In earlier decades, shows featuring couples such as Ricky and Lucy Ricardo, Mike and Carol Brady, and Samantha and Darrin Stephens predominantly held primetime slots on television. The uprising of gay and lesbian entertainment in shows such as "Will & Grace," Showtime series "Queer As Folk" and "The L Word," has overthrown the former cookie cutter husband and wife TV series. Gay and lesbian affairs in the media emerged quickly after the coming out of Ellen Degeneres in her hit sitcom, "Ellen." The comedian now has her own daytime talk show, achieving mainstream popularity for obvious reasons: she's funny, down-to-earth, and openly gay. In earlier decades homosexuality was previously limited to a closet of taboos, where no one knew about it, and no one admitted to it. Primetime programming would never house a show in which gay men and lesbian women openly discussed their sex lives and sexual preferences, nor a show that based its entire plotline on gay and lesbian couples. On the same cable networks that act as the home for gay and lesbian television series, America finds its new woman for the new millenium: she's smart,

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