Gender roles, or sex roles to many, are important to the study of family interaction because our definition of the part(s) we play in family relationships, and thus the very meaning which we attach
to family ties, are guided to a great extent by our concept of gender appropriate behaviour. These biological differences give males and females slight differences in motivation.
Culture takes whatever difference that exist at birth and exacerbates them.
Differences due to acculturation into the appropriate role are constant and powerful.
Traditional male and female behavior in American culture is not traditional in other cultures,
showing us that "feminine" and "masculine" behaviors are culturally affected.
The Parent-Child relationship can also be restricted by traditional sex roles. Uninvolved fathers - allows mom to take the blame for all children's mistakes. B. Changing Sex Roles -
-the most important change in recent history to move our society away from traditional sex roles is the massive movement of women in to the PAID LABOR FORCE. With it comes other changes, such as changes in child care schedules, who buys the weekly groceries, who does the laundry, who makes decisions.
Due to: Economic Reasons - More women in the work force - Higher unemployment among men Demographic Reasons Highly geographically mobile Political Reasons - More awareness of women's rights caused V Image of Masculinity and Femininity to change
Situational Hypothesis: Things that are perceived as real, will be real in their consequences. If we think we are weak, dependent, unskilled, we will act accordingly. If we think we are a tough ass, we will proceed as such.
Gender Identity is the core of one's self-image. Beginning to take form at about age three, gender identity results from the perception of one's anatomical characteristics and the perception of the way one is treated by others. Gender identity is the inward experience of gender role. Gender role is the outward expression of gender identity.
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