soc 216 paper - Throughout history gender roles have been a...

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Throughout history gender roles have been a huge part of all societies. Some of these same views about gender are still ingrained into societies today. It is difficult to know how people lived in prehistoric times and how they portrayed gender and that is why people look at the behavior of apes to compare prehistoric humans to. Since humans are the only animal that has culture this may not be the best place to guess where gender roles developed but it is a starting point (Lorber 1995). In the Paleolithic period, social groups eventually recognized different groups for their members: women, men, girls, boys. As soon as children were able to walk long distance, feed, and dress themselves, they were divided in their assigned gender categories. Girls and boys were taught how they were suppose to act, according to their gender, in all stages of their lives and towards all the different types of people they encounter in their lives (Lorber 1995). Throughout history women have always been viewed more as the caregiver and men have been viewed as the worker. In tribal societies men were the warriors, hunters, and made tools and weapons. Men today are the ones that are more likely to go out and do things and get things for their families. They are seen more as the builder and handyman. Also in tribal societies, women were the ones that did the food preparation and cooking, which is very similar to most societies today (Marini 1990). In many societies throughout history, women have been view more as a object, or prize, that
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