Gender Analysis of the Family

2239 Words9 Pages
Gender Analysis of the Family As we move forward in our lives, we eventually come to assume the responsibility of parenthood and caring for a family of our own. It's often assumed that the habits of our own parents will be based down to us but I think that our generation will be much more open-minded and egalitarian. Our current generation of men and women have a completely different mentality and ideas of gender and sexuality compared to our ancestors. The old-fashioned perceptions of men and women are very much extinct in the 21st century but there are always certain unavoidable differences that will separate men from women, whether biological or social constructed. Society has played a huge part in defining masculinity and femininity through mass media, literature, and history. This in turn affects how they operate in a family environment. This idea is supported in page 6 of West and Zimmerman's, Doing Gender, as they assert that gender is more like the result of social doings rather than traits or roles. The average nuclear family consists of a bread-winner and a homemaker mother. As time passes, the nuclear family structure will drift further and further away from the norm. Even now, we see variations with more mothers choosing join their husbands in the work force while still maintaining their domestic obligations or sometimes just hiring a nanny to take over all the domestic choirs. With divorce rates steadily rising, single parent households are also becoming more common. This “crisis of family” as hard-line conservatives might say started in the early 1900s. When radical ideas of sexuality came into the picture, the distress for the everyday American family became even more overwhelming. Indeed, with the recent push for homosexuals' right to marriage, not only will families no longer be limited by gendered implications but families will
Open Document