Gender Role Essay

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Just the Way We Are Everyone thought that there are similar differences between males and females. Both genders are different through their social, emotional and intellectual qualities. Gender roles influence women and men in virtually every area of life including family and occupation, but are women and men subject to different roles or behavior expectations? Gender role by definition is,” the public image of being male or female that a person presents to others.” ( In early American culture it was common for a women’s job to be an obedient housewife in clear contrast to the male’s duty to be a job holder. From the time of birth males and females are beginning to learn their gender roles. Society begins teaching them certain values and creating in them certain behavior patterns acceptable to their social roles. These roles have been in the American society ever since the European colonized in America in 1492. Now-a-days men and women can be seen as having expanded their roles in society, with women entering male roles and men finding new ways to relate to and function in the family house. As male roles are being taken over by women, does that mean that mean they have to dress like them? Of course not, however there are women who dress like a man because they are comfortable with the clothing. Does that make them odd/different? Who decides what is odd and what is different. Why is it that when someone sees something out of the ordinary they tend to stare. Does it mean that they are weird? In the essay “What It Means to Be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous Gender System” by Betsy Lucal, talks about her experience of being different because of the way she dresses and the hairstyle she has. This essay is a good example of how an outsider might be seen through the eyes of society. Her essay explains that people do not possess
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