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Bible sometimes confronts our assumptions about marriage roles: Prov. 31 has wife dealing in real estate & business enterprise (not traditional role). Eph. 5:21-33 Mutual submission Wife subject to husband (I Pet. 3:1-7) – yet love of husband is like Christ loved church (wash feet, gave life for sins). I Cor. 11:3-12--any relevance for roles of husbands and wives? Gender Roles Rom. 12:4-6a Traditional Roles: Instrumental – traditionally husband. Focus is on outside world – most of time at work. Provider (wife’s earnings are “extra money”) Brings outside world & family together Self-control = “be brave young man” in dentist office Control of family (including wife) – true for most of history Control vs. logic (without feeling) and sheer power (physical force, loud voice, threatened loss of support) Relaxed control of difficult situations (so take out aggressions in rush hour traffic!) Status from work – increases over time
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Unformatted text preview: Expressive – traditionally wife (Women staying at home developed only about 100-150 years ago!) Focus is on relationships within family Full time housewife role only about 100 years old. (Balswick) More adept at interpersonal relationship Control via manipulation (covert) and emotional display (but outwardly submissive) Child oriented. Any job is secondary to family (not considered real work by some) Often taken to extreme – perfect hostess, housekeeper (TV commercials), child rearer & perfect wife (with perfect sex). Impossible role. Status from husband – decreases over time (linked with beauty) These are still predominate in US, but power levels have changed – more equality in power. Status differences have been main target of attack, not just role differences. (Some assume the two are related). Education used by men to compete for a job, used by a woman to compete for a husband. (Henslin)...
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course PSY 200 taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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