Gender Roles

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Women and men both play crucial roles in our society. Through the years, we like to presume that gender roles aren’t perceived as they once were. Is that the case? Looking through pieces of literature such as “I want a wife” (1971) by Judy Brandy, “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy (1973), and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1899) and comparing them to modern day depicts how much gender roles changed. Gender roles have not changed a whole lot; they did change, but defiantly not as much as we like to believe. Women have more freedom and independence now than ever before, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are still controlled and objectified. A while back women were known as the children care takers and men as the breadwinners. In the satirical essay “I want a wife” (1971) by Judy Brandy the quote “I want a wife to take care of my children” suggests that it is a “wife’s role” to take care of children. It also lists how a wife must meet the needs of the children as well as her husbands. In today’s world it is pretty much the same. When a child is born the women ...

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