Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Roles By:Shatara Shinholster

What is male? What is female? Your answers to these questions may depend on the types of gender roles you were exposed to as a child. Gender roles can be defined as the behaviors and attitudes expected of male and female members of a society by that society. Gender roles vary. Different cultures impose different expectations upon the men and women who live in that culture. The United States has experienced tremendous upheaval and revising of its traditional gender roles in the last generation. These changes in gender roles affect the home, the workplace, and the school, and they affect all Americans to some degree. Traditionally, the female stereotypic role is to marry and have children. She is also to put her family's welfare before her own. Be loving, compassionate, caring, nurturing, sympathetic, and find time to be sexy and feel beautiful. The male stereotypic role is to be the financial provider. He is also to be assertive, competitive, independent, courageous, and career-focused, hold his emotions in check and always initiate sex. These types of stereotypes can be harmful they can stifle individual expression and creativity, as well as hinder personal and professional growth.               
                                                                                                                                                                     Even though times are changing and we’re starting to see more men being a stay at home dad and even more women in the work field there is still as huge problem. Women are paying paid less than men for doing the same exact work with the same amount of experience. But wait if both the male and female are in the work field does that mean that the home and children go unattended. The answer is no the women in today’s society are playing all the roles their getting up the morning getting the children ready making breakfast all while preparing for work then going to work coming back home after picking up the kids helping with homework, cooking cleaning etc. More and more women are now wearing the Mr. Mom hat.


  1. I believe that this gender identity starts even before the child enters the world. Parents of the child or adults around the child have been taught this gender identity method for what seems like forever and they have now passed it down to "us" the adults of today. By asserting that if the child is a boy he should wear blue and that if its a girl she should wear pink (i'm a female and i hate pink). makes the child have expectations even before they can open up their eyes. the role that the gender identifies with may not be accurate in the abilities of the child. For instance, as a woman i am not expected to be handy with tools, but i am As a man he may not be very handy with tools but he may be a very caring loving individual who is really good with children.

  2. I agree that gender roles aren't as clear cut as they use to be,but i disagree on the point that women are still doing the house work and working. I know first hand that i run a business, go to school, and cook and clean . I know a few men who do this as well so more men are stepping up to the plate and doing more. I know there are a lot of men who don't but just as gender roles for women have changed so have they for men.

  3. I agree that it depends on how a person is brought up and how they're taught that makes them look at gender today but nowadays things are changing and you see women in places where men are believed to be ruling. Also even though some women are playing all the roles in their family in some family too the man is the one playing all the roles; taking care of the children, cooking, and everything else so i think everything is vice-versa nowadays it goes both ways for men and women.