Gender Roles Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Gender Roles
Discusses biological & cultural influences on social attitudes. Analyzes concepts of "feminine" & "masculine."
# 10856 | 1,575 words | 5 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 15, 2003 in Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Sociology (General)

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"In every society, children learn from their parents the concept of "feminine" and "masculine" and what that means in a given culture. After all, much about these conceptions is not biological at all but cultural. The way we tend to think about men and women and their gender roles in society constitute the prevailing paradigm that influences our thinking. This may change over time, and in the last forty years or so we have seen the concept undergo considerable change in the face of the feminist movement and related efforts to challenge traditional attitudes and ideas with something more egalitarian.

At the same time, as we can all see in our own family situations, there are certain gender roles and attitudes that do not change that much. Men and women are differentiated biologically by sexual function and by the general role of women..."

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