Please describe the shift that occurred in gender roles during the Tokugawa period. What were the ideal gender roles for women and how did they compare to social practice? What role did men assume in regards to household tasks? Do these gender roles sound “modern” to you? Why or why not? It may be a good idea for you to give your definition of modernity as part of your response. It was ideal during the Tokugawa period for women to “be kept ignorant and in the kitchen,” according to Gordon. In practice, women began working outside the home, and were not kept ignorant and in the kitchen. In practice, men also did not listen to the “ideals”, and they helped with work inside the house, which included childcare, and preparing food for the servants. The ideal gender roles do not sound modern to me at all. Modern to me
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