gender role - Gender Role Gender, the condition of being...

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Gender Role Gender, the condition of being either a male or female; otherwise known as your sex. Roles are those characteristics that are expected of you by your peers. Put the two together to get gender roles, or a set of behaviors that indicates one's gender, specifically the image projected by a person that identifies their “femaleness or maleness”; these are an overt public presentation of gender identity ( dictionary.com ). Gender roles are the characteristics or actions expected of you defined solely by your sex. Those who don’t conform to gender roles aren’t really considered outsiders; they simply are looked at different by society. Gender roles apply to both males and females, and as parents, the roles you expect out of your son or daughter will either cause conformity or anarchy to society. Those who decided to go with the norms of society were accepted with no problems, and those who didn’t faced more struggles than others. Conflicts for those who do not agree with gender roles were physical, emotional, and even mental. A boy who enjoyed cooking could have been considered “gay”, and a girl who enjoyed watching sports and wearing “boyish” clothes could be called names such as “tom- boy”, or even “dyke”. Just because my sister likes boxing, it doesn’t mean she is a dyke, in fact, she has a fiancé and plans to marry HIM, not HER. I understand that not all people agree to socialize our children based on their gender, but there are some cases that take it to the extreme. In history, a guy would get up and go to work, while the woman stayed at home and cleaned the house and cooked dinner. This gave males power to make decisions over females, which is totally unfair in my eyes. If there was a woman who decided to go off and
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try to get a job, she would have at least been laughed at, if that’s all that happened, she should consider herself pretty lucky. In the 1950’s, a man by the name of Talcott Parsons created what he called a nuclear family. This family consisted of the basic normal family, a mother, father, and two to three children, which was the basic family. Parsons believed that in his family, the females were expressive, and the males were instrumental ( Wikipedia ). This basically meant that the roles of the female in this family were to bring the family ties closer together, and the male was supposed to work so he could provide for his family. The Parsons model was created to compare two types of families. Ones roles were segregated by gender, and the others roles were not. The model focused on five base ideas to compare by: education, profession, housework, decision making, and child care and education. In the segregated model, education was gender specific; meaning the level of education was different for men and women. Profession was not an option for women; housework was done by the female and a younger daughter, decisions were made by the men, and females were to focus on the well- being of the children as well as educating them. Some families got these beliefs from their
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PSYCH 110 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '08 term at Ohio Northern University.

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