May 12, 2014"
Gender Roles Portrayed in Society!
What inﬂuences how people view gender roles in society? Researchers have shown social media, parental inﬂuences and society have all impacted how gender roles are portrayed in today’s modern society"
These “roles” have dated back as far as mankind can remember. If you look back to the 1950’s you will see these “roles” shown very often through many television shows and how it affected society. In the 1950’s, the popular shows at the time were “Father Knows Best,” “Dennis the Menace” and “Leave it to the Beaver.” All of these shows implying that women were to be at home and men were to work, bringing home the “bacon.” This ideaology affected society, men began to feel as though that they must solely make all the money and took the burden upon themselves. If you could not provide for your family then you didn’t do your job. As for women, they had to do all the domestic chores and had to depend solely on their husbands. For women, this was very unfair. They felt as though they were left at a disadvantage. "
In the 50s and the years to come, they would be discriminated against and only be allowed to work jobs that ﬁt their capabilities. For example, they could do secretarial work and other very menial jobs. They could not push beyond their boundaries even if they had the qualiﬁcations to do so. Television shows were not the only aspect that affected society. Of course with all the advertisments selling items such as laundry ma-
chines, kitchen appliances and other domestic-like devices were all advertised with women. Which indicated and insinuated to society that this is what a women’s job was. This later leads to how society will then inﬂuence the coming years. " The information presented reﬂects the idea that social media effects the socialization of gender roles. Pointing out commercials and television shows that were indeed used to almost indoctrinate whoever watched it and the people surrounding them. Making men and women feel as though this is the social standard in which they are to follow and makes many people question whether or not this may have an effect on self-esteem and/or decision making. Which poses many concerns on how “sex roles” are interpreted." As years go by, society now has established this unspoken “fact” that women are incapable and therefore must be protected by a man. Women are seen as incompetent, they are taken advantaged of because they’re viewed as easy. A speech given by a reknowned feminist named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, “ You can have ambition but not too much. you should aim to be successful but not too succcessful, otherwise you will threaten the man.” Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage, I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual supoort but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments. Which I think could be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.” What Chimamanda says is very true based on
what society has shown. For example, girls are taught to never aim to be a CEO or a political leader. Girls are taught to be a helping hand almost, to guide their “man” to greatness. She says that because she is female “she is expected to aspire to marriage” that statment is true because women are expected to ﬁt this idea of a beautiful being. To be ﬁt and to also have “lady-like mannerisms”. That is why girls nowadays are almost competing for a title, women see each other as competitors but never for the...
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