The term gender roles refers to the set of social and behavioral norms that are considered appropriate for individuals of a certain gender. These roles vary between cultures. Gender roles, unlike gender itself, are socially constructed. They may reflect the natural aspirations of the gender, or they may be manipulated, resulting in the oppression of a gender.
Historically, gender roles have not always been consistent with those we have today. Though in many ancient societies men have been dominant to women, there are example where women have been considered equal to men, and where women have been dominant over men. In hunting and gathering societies, such as the ones of early humans, males and females were considered equal. Because of the harsh conditions, both genders were needed to maintain the tribe and gather food. Women could not be restricted to just reproduction and child care because the tribe would be limited, and lack the skills of these women.
Gender roles are always being passed on, and encouraged. For instance, gender roles begin before a baby is born. People automatically buy pink for baby girls and blue for baby boys; girls play with dolls, and boys with tucks. This is seen everyday. Even if parents do not encourage it, the media and society sends the message that women must be “polite” and men “tough”. This message has been disputed about and toned down over the years. However, it is still visible and passed on for new generations to learn. I personally don’t ever think that the idea of gender roles will ever diminish. It is something that has been embedded into society that will never disappear.
oday we live in a world that continually stresses to us that, "All men are created equal." While this sounds great at face value, further inspection tells us that this is far from realistic and sadly may never be. One can examine any aspect of society whether it be race, religion, language, level of education, sexual orientation or economic...
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