In the passage “The Men We Carry in Our Minds,” by Scott Russel Sanders he discusses his view on men and women. The quote above has a meaning that goes deeper than gender roles, but in this particular passage the meaning is that the way one perceives women and men is all about their experiences with women and men in their throughout their lives. The authors perception on men is different than those of the women in his class because the women in his class have fathers who hold more prestigious jobs, such as doctors and lawyers, and his father worked his way up to a job where he didn’t have to get his hands dirty. The father’s hardwork paid off when he had his higher, less demanding position, but his body gave out on him completely before he reached the age of sixty-five, as written in the passage. Response:
This quote interests me due to the fact that I had a lot of different opinions on roles of men and women than many of my peers at college as well. I grew up watching a man go to work, and contribute to the washing of the dishes and cooking. My Mother also worked and did some cooking and cleaning. In my household growing up everybody had equal responsibility in the household. The author’s message is that you shouldn’t judge anyone based on your enclosed beliefs on how society operates. The title of the passage is perfect due to the fact that it is exactly that that you can live your life by, or you can live your life without the thoughts carried in your head, and be open to every different experience with an open mind. That is like a man assuming that a woman should just be behind a stove because she is a woman.